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The Struggle Continues in Bim

Submitted by William Skinner We often speak of unfinished business and sometimes this saying takes on very interesting twists. Back in the late sixties and seventies, a progressive group of black Barbadians, spoke about the unfinished business bequeathed to us by our decadent colonial masters. They told us that failure to radically reorganize the society, […]

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LBGT Segment is a Niche Market in the Rough

Submitted by Due Diligence While recognizing that in homophobic Barbados this is likely to be a taboo topic, I want to share it with you and the BU family. Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that represents a broad array of identities such as, lesbian,bisexual, gay, transsexual, (LBGT) transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies; […]

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Opportunity for the Caribbean to Grab More Cruise Business

According to a recent Travel Weekly (TW) article a total of 30 cruise ships will be sailing in the Caribbean this summer with Carnival alone offering over 1,600 cruises in the region across the entire year. Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing, but it would have been difficult not to predict the massive over-capacity estimated […]

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World Cup Soccer – The Organized Criminal Religion, That It Is!

Submitted by Pachamama As the World Cup of Soccer enters the knock out phase we are closer to a declared winner, on the field. But regardless of the nation state that will hoist the trophy, FIFA will always be the real winner. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, as founded in 1904, has grown up […]

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Growing Tensions in Iraq and What it Forebodes for YOU

It has come as no surprise to some us the chaos to which Iraq has descended. Former President George W. Bush and his sidekick Dick Cheney contrived to invade Iraq on a trumped up mission to find weapons of mass destruction and the world is now experiencing the consequences of  a dishonest decision. More idiotic […]

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What Lies Beneath

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
The public is being told that the CL Financial bailout is being resolved, while at the same time the Minister of Finance & the Economy is withholding the fundamental information which any prudent person would need to make a decision.  So, what is the secret? Apart from the details I…

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Transparency Required:Innotech BWA Connection

In 2008 the DLP won the campaign platform message which painted a picture of runway corruption by the Arthur led BLP government. In 2013 the DLP again won the integrity message  by matching up Stuart and tainted Arthur. The late Thompson promised to enact transparency legislation if elected. He was elected. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart […]

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Tales from the Courts – No Excuses Says Former Judge XX

The idea anyone should have to spend eleven years on remand or have to wait a decade to have an appeal heard is unacceptable in any society concerned with delivering justice.  When unacceptable delays occur, and some will be justifiable,  the legal maxim justice delayed is justice denied comes into play and must be addressed […]

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Problemas de Agua

In 2009 late Prime Minister David Thompson approved a hike in water rates charged by 60% with the promise the increased cash flow would improve the level of service and upgrade to equipment by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) – see Has the BWA Short-changed Barbadians After Benefiting from a 60% Rate Hike in 2009? […]

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Permission Requested for Barbadians to March

Request  for Barbadians to protest from Bridgetown to Government Headquarters by long time social advocate submitted to the Commissioner of Police on June 16, 2014. June 16, 2014 By hand/email: cop@rbpf.gov.bb staffofficer@rbpf.gov.bb Commissioner of Police Office of the Commissioner of Police Roebuck Street Bridgetown. Att: Mr. Seymour Cumberbatch, Acting Commissioner of Police. Dear Sir, Re: […]

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Discover re-Discover Barbados

This last week has been what can only be described as an adventure in learning or how to maximise the results of a microscopic marketing budget while transforming a concept into a revenue generating tool.  Hopefully it will play at least a small role in maintaining viability and employment in our tourism sector. The very […]

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BU Crop Over 2014 Buzz

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Tales from the Courts – Arresting the Slide XIX

We do not accept that our judiciary is tardy or indecisive. Rather, a distinction must be made between the judiciary and the administrative aspects of the justice system – Nation newspaper (June 14, 2014) It is taboo for the local media to be hostile at the judiciary. BU has been one of the few voices […]

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Mara Mara on the Wall…CLICO is the Greatest Scam of them ALL

… for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me – Exodus 20:5 BU admires Afra Raymond’s contribution to public service in Trinidad. His indefatigable and strident calls for transparency by government and wider […]

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Common Entrance Examination: Termites Jonesing!

Submitted by William Skinner Once again the annual ritual surrounding the release of the Common Entrance Examination results, has taken center stage. While the Minister of Education rants and raves about the mathematics results, the Principal of the University of the West Indies seems down spirited about the science results at Cave Hill. Any alert […]

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World Cup Soccer 2014

Submitted by Pachamama Every time world cup soccer (football) comes around a plurality of the peoples of the world recall the glorious Brazilian teams of 1950’s, 60’s and early 70’s. The Brazilian teams of Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) and his band of magicians. Things are unlikely to be any different this year with the […]

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Walter Blackman’s Perspective on Devaluation and ‘Printing Money’

As a result of the perilous state of the Barbados economy, accentuated by a recent 3 notch downgrade by Moody’s and a follow up visit in June by the IMF after a worrying Article IV Consultation in December 2013, the conversation about devaluation and management of government debt has become a topic of national interest. […]

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Everything but the Truth

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
On 1st June 2014, my former colleague and Business Guardian Editor, Anthony Wilson,  made a call for a ‘national debate’ on the proposed disposal of CLICO’s traditional portfolio of insurance business.  This is the first of my responses. We are now entering the chaotic endgame of this epic CL Financial…

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