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Michael Lashley, Minister of Housing

Minister Michael Lashley Needs to Respond to Conflict of Interest Questions

The political spin doctors are out in numbers and if we listen to them the Barbados economy is on the bounce. We sure hope so! However, while the country debates whether there will be about 1% growth or greater than 1%, a reminder economies in our key source tourist markets have been improving and therefore […]

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France's National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on stage with his daughter Marine Le Pen

The Divide Between What is Permissible Versus Acceptable Freedom of Expression

Submitted by Charles Knighton “The running father-daughter feud escalated into a political crisis after the party decision Monday to suspend the senior Le Pen for reiterating anti-Semitic remarks that got him convicted in French courts in the past.” Family feud rocks top of France’s National Front party” – National Post [BU] Following the horrific attacks […]

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Transport Board Strike: Conspiracy to Deceive

Submitted by Caswell Franklyn It would appear that Barbados is in a worse crisis that most people can even imagine. Yesterday (May 6, 2015) Bus Operators of the state-owned Transport Board refused to work citing as their reason the hiring of a person with political connections to fill a vacancy that could have been filled […]

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Wayne Cadogan

Sports Illustrated: Now I Really Understand

Submitted by Wayne Cadogan Over the years I have heard many stories about athletes who had athletic scholarships and had returned to live on the island, and would not give back by getting involved. Personally, I have seen it first hand for myself and can sympathize with many of the athletes for their actions of […]

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CJ Menon and CJMGibson

Barbados and Singapore Miles Apart On the Vexing Issue of Tackling Graft

Clean and honest dealing is one of our key competitive advantages,” CJ Menon said. “Corruption compromises the predictability and openness which Singapore offers and investors have come to expect. This is a hard won prize achieved through our collective efforts as a society and we must not allow these to be undone. – The FCPA […]

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Convicted Murderer of Russian Teenager Appeals His Sentence in Barbados, May 5, 2015

Submitted by Amy L.Beam On May 5, the Court of Appeals of Barbados (in the new High Court building) will hear the appeal of Teerath Persaud for the length of his sentence for manslaughter of Anna Druzhinina.  It took family friend, Amy Beam, two years (and a new Registrar of the Court) to obtain the […]

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Adrian Loveridge

Local Businesses Must Up Their Game!

From a tourism perspective and many other sectors, it is almost impossible to comprehend how so many businesses seem to think they can trade to an optimal degree without maintaining a fully functioning and up-to-date website and/or Facebook page. Also surprising is the number of local companies who take to the air via radio or […]

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Sagicor Threatens to Part Ways With the Sugar Industry After Waiting 15 Years on a Plan

Submitted by Anthony Davis With the future of Barbados’ struggling sugar industry already very uncertain, insurance and financial services giant Sagicor Financial Corporation today announced that it is in the process of reviewing its participation in the island’s agribusiness sector – Barbados Today Talk about dilatory tactics! I would like it take that long for […]

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Google’s Cost Obsessions Search

What if Barbadians knew how people in other countries perceived them. Users of Google search engine offers an autocomplete function based on common searches by other users. How many times, if you are a Google search engine user, you start to type a search and the Google search engine ‘drops down’ several options. It is […]

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Maintaining Our Position on the HDI

Submitted by Anthony Davis IF BARBADOS, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago were included in a new global survey on social progress where would they have ranked? … Jamaica was 44th on the list of 133 countries which were studied for the progress they have attained in meeting the social needs of their citizens. The […]

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Afra Raymond

Our Land – The Caroni case Part 2

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.com:
The previous article outlined the size of the Caroni lands and some of the intended uses to which that land would be put. I contrasted the positions taken by UWI in 2003 and my own from 2004, with the current situation. UWI’s July 2003 Position Paper – ‘A Framework for…

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Rising Crime

GOVERNMENT HAS SIGNED two licences with BHP Billiton, clearing the way for the Australian oil giant to explore for oil and gas offshore Barbados – Nation Newspaper Are we there yet? After 8+ long years the government inked a deal with BHP Billiton to permit exploration in our waters for hydrocarbons. The length of time […]

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Violence in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's funeral

Baltimore Under Siege in the Wake of Freddie Gray’s Funeral

Baltimore is listed as the largest city in the State of Maryland, the largest independent city and the 26th most populous city in the USA. Of note is that greater than 60% of the population is Black followed by about 29% White. In the wake of Freddie Gray’s funeral – yet another Black man to […]

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Adrian Loveridge

Garbage Disposal Dumps More Cost On Businesses

While at first this week’s column may seem to stray from the subject ‘matter’ the consequence of certain actions has a direct negative effect on our tourism performance. As a business we get absolutely no ‘free’ state collection of garbage. We sort and separate everything we can with the wonderful assistance of B’s Recycling and […]

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Can We Trust Local Media?

In the end the truth about what is happening is the only thing that is of value to anybody. And when a newspaper begins to suppress news, whether at the behest of its advertisers or on pleas from special segments of business, it will soon cease to be of any service either to its advertisers […]

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Chefette Warrens reopenning

What Tings Bad in BIM What!

Submitted by Due Diligence That the largest privately held company in Barbados, a fast food business comprising, 15 restaurants, 10 drive-thrus, 8 playgrounds and a manufacturing plant, employing almost 800 Barbadians continues to grow surely indicates that, despite 5,000-6,000 public sector employees being added to the unemployed, all is well and the people have lots […]

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Barbados Judicial Centre

Judicial Centre Efficiently Enforcing Dress Code BUT What About Delivering Justice

BU has no issue with government departments demanding the public it serves uphold certain standards when visiting to do business. Barbadians are reminded frequently via radio ads and other media placements about the dress code enforced at the National Insurance Board. BU was made aware recently of an incident where a young lady went to […]

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Barbara Cooke-Alleyne

Case 190 of 2007– David Weekes and IBIS America Corp vs The Caricom Secretariat and 3M

The ongoing ‘feud’  between the Knight of St. Andrew and he who is primus inter pares on Mount Olympus has sparked a robust debate about the lack of leadership in Barbados at a time when the country should have high expectations given its investment in education. It is ironic to observe while two of the […]

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