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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Is it the Guns Only?

Given the almost weekly incidence of the death, invariably of a young man, caused by a firearm, Barbadians are understandably concerned about their prevalence. In an alarming display of linear reasoning however, the popular assumption appears to be that once we can rid the nation of all unlawful firearms, then there would be no, or […]

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Economist Marla Dukharan’s Advice to Barbados, ‘Pick Your Poison’

It is the opinion of BU the resonance of economist Marla Dukharan’s with the local population is not because she brings any fresh analysis to the fore. The reason is because she is perceived as an independent voice to be trusted. Her lucid commentary on local and regional economies which started when she was Chief […]

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CL Financial Bailout – The Caribbean Connection Part Two

The previous article set out my criticism of the CLF bailout situation in respect of the CARICOM claims and our nation’s treaty obligation to exercise non-discrimination in its policies. In that light I am sceptical of the position now being advanced by the CLF shareholders to highlight that group as being a black-controlled conglomerate. My […]

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Not So Fast Justin Robinson!

BU has not had the opportunity to thoroughly review the delayed release by government of the 15th Actuarial Review of the National Insurance Scheme. It is a very important fund- a safety net and lifeline- hence the reason BU has been uncompromising in our calls for transparency in the management of the fund. The inability […]

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Introduction As we celebrated our 50th Anniversary, the question came to my mind about where will we be in the next 50 years? Even tho I ask myself this question, I am not expecting that my imagination can provide you with concrete images of what that culture will be. I don’t intend to even try, […]

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The Grenvile Phillips Column – Solving Barbados’ Gang Problems

Several very expensive solutions to Barbados’ gang and drug problems are available.  In desperation, the Government may be tempted to select one of them and unnecessarily push Barbados further into debt.  Given Government’s tendency to partially implement solutions and then realize that they are unaffordable, the money will likely be wasted. Since we currently have […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Education and Development

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates. Prior to 2013-2014, the Government of Barbados held an untainted view on linkages between education and development. The evidence of personal and national development in Barbados since the 1950s, points to the fact that investments in education contributed to the […]

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Barbados Losing the War

Of recent North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un has become the focal point of USA’s foreign policy. Not long ago it was Saddam Hussein of Iraq, a country that was invaded based on a lie. There were no weapons of mass destruction stupid!  The wonton destruction of property dated  to the  period of Babylonia […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb Should Be Taxed Like Other Businesses in the Sector

According to various media reports the controversial alternative home renting portal, Airbnb has already signed over 300 regulatory tax collecting agreements worldwide. Bearing in mind the cash strapped situation our Government finds itself and the recent imposition of yet more taxes, which according to private sector spokespersons have further dampened spending and any hope of […]

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Ten Fundamental Principles of Reparations

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, Chairman,Caribbean Pan-African Network (CPAN) “I, and I know you, too, believe in time, and we shall wait patiently for two hundred years if need be, to face our enemies through our posterity……When I am dead wrap the mantle of the Red, Black and Green around me, for in the new life […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – When is a Man Single?

The right of the survivor of a non-marital union to benefit from the estate of the deceased partner does not depend on the status of marriage, but on the duration of cohabitation with the deceased immediately preceding death. –per Byron P in Smith v Selby [2017]CCJ 13 The courts of law have through the years […]

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Who is the Liar, CXC Cleveland Sam or Minister of Education Ronald Jones

BU Commenter Ping Pong posted the following two comments to highlight a matter that should be of concern to all Barbadians. Comment 1 On 25th August @ 6:03 David posted in this thread, a report by Cara Foster titled: CXC not in business of failing students. In that report Mr Cleveland Sam of CXC is […]

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Former Magistrate Carlisle Greaves Shares Techniques to Improve Barbados Court System

Former Magistrate Carlisle Greaves delivered an address to the Barbados Rotary South last evening (30 August 2017) on the topical subject of crime. Unlike much of the emotional debate being stoked by political motives and ignorance, Greaves in a relatively short address highlighted some of the factors at the root of a failing court system […]

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CL Financial Bailout – the Caribbean Connection

My previous article examined the November 2007 appointment of Karen Nunez-Tesheira as our Minister of Finance by then PM, the late Patrick Manning. For whatever reason, the consternation over the appointment of Christian Mouttet to investigate the #ferrygate imbroglio is reminding me of the confusion many people felt when PM Manning made that appointment. An […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Staring Into the Abyss

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados recently hosted economist Ms Marla Dukharan, who determined that Barbados’ debt to GDP ratio was an insane 168%.  This places us as one of the most indebted nations on the planet.  To put this in perspective, the maximum limit which the IMF warned us not to cross in […]

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Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM): More Shootings in the ‘Underworld’ (Contains Graphic Images)

How many more must die? Is the crime situation out of control? Two more murders in Marley Vale, St. Phillip less than 30 days after Prime Minister Freundel Stuart assured the country in a statement on the 10 August 2017 that “we have to strengthen our policing and our courts have to send very strong […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Hybridity and Discipline

Last Wednesday, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB) hosted a Public Forum on the topic Home Grown or IMF designed: What should Barbados’ economic recovery plan look like? The main speaker at the event, held at the Savannah Hotel, was the economist Marla Dukharan. Without a doubt, Miss Dukharan was impressive and the […]

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NGO Future Centre Trust Criticizes Government’s Lack of Focus on the Environment

Environmentalist Kammie Holder, Advocacy Director of the Future Centre Trust (FCT) has lambasted government’s environmental policy in a 10 minute address released to the media today 28/08/2017.

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