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The Adrian Loveridge Column – No Local ecommerce Product for Small Businesses

After going through a seemingly complex ‘hoops and hurdles’ experience that certainly could not win any user friendly awards, I just wonder if our ‘local’ financial institutions have not missed out in a massive way to assist small businesses to grow and attract additional foreign exchange earnings for the country. We recently tried to set […]

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Hal Gollop Kingmaker

It seems like just the other day political pundits concerned with integrity in public office whispered the names Hallam Nicholls and Rodney Wilkinson under the reign of Owen Arthur. Although the late David Thompson did not have a lengthy tenure it is no secret he was in bed with Leroy Parris and the significant legal […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Dancing with Danger

Now show meh yuh slackness, show meh yuh Went and practice, Lucy is ah Carnivalist, and that is why I Behave so loose! – “Lucy” by Destra Garcia (2015) Two incidents last week, both concerning an activity as mundane as dancing, have provoked the discussion of complex issues of propriety and legality in the public […]

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Outrageous Treatment of ALMA PARRIS Students and PARENTS Must be CHALLENGED

Submitted by David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement If it is true that the students of the Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School and their parents were NOT consulted in any way BEFORE Minister Ronald Jones and the Ministry of Education made the decision to close down the Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School and to unilaterally […]

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What Possessed Barbados to Withhold Support for a UN Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons?

Submitted by Mohammed Iqbal Degia Yesterday, July 7th, a majority of the world’s nations voted at the United Nations to approve a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Officially called the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it aims for the ultimate destruction of all nuclear weapons and the prohibition forever of their use. The treaty […]

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Affordable Care Act |the Healthy Subsidizes the Unhealthy

Submitted by Bentley Everyone should read this article. I remember saying, at the start of the health care debate in the US that resulted in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that this should be taken into account. In fact, when I was at CEP (I left CEP in 1993) I proposed to an insurance agent […]

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Alma Parris School Shutdown

The following comment was posted on another blog by Simple Simon in response to a question from BU about the sudden closure of Alma Parris, a school that was established to serve special needs children. Is there a need for such a school in Barbados? – Barbados Underground @David June 29, 2017 at 10:49 AM […]

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Dr. Ronnie Yearwood | Ideas for a New Politics:Governance and Truth | The Good Society

The following documents shared with the BU family by Dr. Ronnie Yearwood I believe that at no point in a country’s history, should a single generation be faced with the decisions my generation will have to take to restore the fortunes of Barbados, but there can be no hiding. We are at a point in […]

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Why this Unprecedented US Effort in the Caribbean Community?

Submitted by David Comissiong, Coordinator, Caribbean Chapter, International Network In Defense of Humanity The Organization of American States (OAS) held a Foreign Ministers meeting on 19th to 21st June 2017 in Cancun, Mexico for the principal purpose of addressing “the situation in Venezuela”. However, on the eve of the said OAS meeting a most startling […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Need for Growth Strategy

Fundamental changes to the way we organise production in Barbados, support productive activity, treat domestic and foreign investment, conduct the affairs of our corporations, organise and utilise our labour force and use technology and information will have to be made if we are to succeed in the post-2005 global economy. – (Prime Minister Owen S. […]

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CL Financial Bailout – Fit and Proper Action

Is it conceivable as opined by Afra Raymond that Lawrence Duprey will be able to regain control of the once all powerful CL Financial? – Barbados Underground That opening stanza is my tweet of a witty friend’s remark at Ferdie Ferreira’s booklaunch and 85th Birthday celebrations on Wednesday 14 June 2017. It was not surprising […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb Push

I must admit that after hearing the phrase Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) after the still to be fully explained 3S SRL (road widening project), then more recently the companies associated with the Barbados Sandals development, CPH Property Holdings and Grand Cass Management, not of course forgetting the Cahill saga, it is perhaps no wonder that […]

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Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) Congratulates the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) on BNTCL SOL Deal

July 2nd, 2017 STATEMENT Further to a story carried on the back page of the Sunday Sun – July 2nd, 2017 informing of the Initial Findings of the FTC regarding the decision of the DLP Government of Barbados to sell the BNTCL to the SOL Group! BIM sincerely congratulates the FTC in its role as […]

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister – The Simmering Mortgage Crisis

Submitted by Heather Cole Dear Sir, Re: Emergency Request – The Mortgage Crisis in Barbados There is a very disturbing ad in today’s Sunday Sun of July 2nd, 2017. The Republic Bank has listed for Sale by tender no less than 17 properties in Barbados. It may perhaps be the tip of the iceberg as […]

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AmeriKKKan ‘Independence’ In An Age of Trumpism – An Inside-Outside Approach

Submitted by Pachamama For months, if not years, we’ve been bombarded with claims that Russia interfered in the American ‘democracy’. Of course, this has been shocking to us because we were not aware that there was any tradition approaching ‘democracy’ within the USA. We were not even aware that such a claim could be viably […]

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The New Nationalism: What’s In A Name? The White Nationalist and The Strange Re-Birth of Humpty Dumpty

Submitted by Caleb M. Pilgrim The term “white nationalist” has recently come into greater prominence, and used to refer to individuals such as Steve Bannon, Richard Spencer, the Alt-Right, the Breitbart people and others elsewhere, e.g Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, UKIP et al in the U.K. These particular whites largely appear disaffected, disappointed, disillusioned, if […]

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Darren Sammy Couldn’t be more Right about Cricket West Indies Dave Cameron

Submitted by  DAVID A. COMISSIONG, Citizen of the Caribbean, and Lover of West Indies Cricket In an article published in Barbados’ NATION Newspaper of Wednesday 21st June 2017 under the headline Sammy Slams CWI Over Decline, former West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy stated as follows:- I am very scared for the future of West […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Calypso Censorship and the Culture of Free Expression.

A very few people only would dispute that the sung calypso, whether in a recorded or live performance, and whether in the genre of social commentary, “sweet soca”, party, or its most recent version, “bashment”, plays a significant role in the local Crop-Over Festival. Indeed, apart from the Kadooment Day street parade, the finals of […]

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