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The CITIZEN, the STATE and PUBLIC ASSETS…Barbados Hilton Sale

The following is an interesting Editorial from today’s Barbados Advocate newspaper [17/12/2017]. “…Where a purchase is made from a poor and ignorant man at a considerable undervalue, the vendor having no independent advice, a Court of Equity will set aside the transaction.” Per Lord Denning MR (1975) The recently rumoured sale of the Barbados Hilton […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – On Being Deemed a Tax Haven

Nobody agrees what a tax haven is. The term is a bit of a misnomer, for these places don’t just offer an escape from tax. They offer secrecy, in various forms, combined with varying degrees of refusal to co-operate with other jurisdictions in exchanging information. The term “secrecy jurisdiction” emerged in the US in the […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Government Turns a Blind Eye to Endemic Corruption in the Public Service

This week I planned to write about the much vaunted Public Service Act (PSA) that has failed miserably to live up to its billing about improving the operations of the Public Service. But before I do, please allow me to take a detour to address something that has affected me personally. On Tuesday, December 5, […]

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Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Publication of the PEP Proposal for Elected Constituency-based Local Government in Barbados

Submitted by David Comissiong THIS  YEAR — 2017– is the 10th anniversary year of the publication in booklet form of the Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) proposal for the establishment of an elected SYSTEM  OF  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT based on 30 elected Constituency Councils. When the Democratic Labour Party came to power in 2008 they took hold […]

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Not So Fast Bizzy!

Reconcile the front page story in the Nation newspaper of yesterday (15/12/2017) with the document below for 10 marks.

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Removing the Ham from a Bajan Christmas

The news that Barbadians will have to pay more for a ham in 2017 has generated heated conversation in Barbadians- the land of ‘porkmouts’. The baking of a ham on Christmas eve night is part of a rich tradition practiced by all households. Now that the NSRL has taken full effect Barbadians will have to […]

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Canadian Banks Looking Elsewhere to Sustain Profits|Can the Credit Unions Do the Job?

Two articles in the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper caught the eye of those who are not fixated on navel gazing on the shitty affair ‘unfurling’ on the South Coast.  The obvious question is what does it mean? Clearly CIBC- and we include the other Canadian banks operating in Barbados- are concerned about the current […]

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South Coast Sewage Stink Makes for Political Capital

Dr. Hugh Sealy’s comments carried by the Nation newspaper makes for compulsory reading. It is important because he is one of the few technocrats available who worked on the South Coast Sewage plant project team at start up- a plant that is failing and as a result leaking raw sewage on the popular strip frequented […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Fighting with Yourself

The closer we get to the date of the General Election, the more silly some politicians tend to behave.  Perhaps that is why it is called the silly season.  Last week, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur scathingly criticised our plan to improve the national economy.  I wish that he had called me first to discuss […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Tourism is the Only Game in Town

I wonder if our tourism policymakers and planners are any closer to having an accurate idea of exactly what rentable accommodation we have on Barbados? Almost daily, we received requests for re-DISCOVER lunch vouchers from addresses and particular named properties, that even after four decades being involved in the local tourism industry, I have never […]

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A Walter Blackman Article – Q2 Unemployment Figures Released by the BSS

In an article written by Nation reporter Barry Alleyne in the Sunday Sun dated December 10, 2017 (on page 24), readers were given unemployment numbers compiled by the Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) using its continuous household survey for the period April – June 2017. From the outset, let me state that I have no quarrel […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Rule of Law and the CCJ

One of the earliest formulations of the concept of the rule of law is to the effect that “the king himself ought to be subject to God and the law because the law makes him king…” Later scholars such as Coke also asserted the supremacy of law over the pretensions of the executive, and AV […]

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Barbados Dumping Millions of Gallons of Good Water Into the Sea

Submitted by PHILIP G HUNTE Some years ago, around the turn of the century, I wrote one of the only two “letters to the editor” that I have ever written. I am not the prolific Philip Hunte that is regularly seen in the papers. The letter dealt with our declining sugar industry and our then […]

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A Caswell Franklyn Article – Stephen Lashley is a Bold Faced Liar

Dear Prime Minister I find myself in the unenviable position where politicians from both political parties see me as an enemy. As such, I expect attacks from time to time. However I do not expect or appreciate being attacked or lied upon from the floor of the Honourable House of Assembly, by a minister of […]

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A Proliferation of 6th Forms

Two events occurred in November 2017 to stoke the concern members of the BU household have about the state of education in Barbados. On the 22nd of November news circulated about a fight at The Ellerslie School- recently renamed- between two boys, one reported losing a finger, chopped off with a cutlass and on the […]

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The Twelve Bajan Principles

Submitted by the Clement Payne Movement, our  objective  is  to transform  BARBADOS  into :– (1) a conscious, self-aware society that is possessed of a deep and profound knowledge of its History ; (2) a nation that — in light of its history of enslavement and colonialism– consciously regards itself as a Champion of  the dignity […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – South Coast Sewage Solution

It has been reported that the sewage problem in Worthing is beyond the technical capabilities of the Barbados Water Authority.  The evidence suggests that that may be so.  However, it is not beyond the technical capability of Barbados. The reason why the problem is allowed to exist is essentially a management problem, and therein lies […]

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Gratitude to Nelson ‘artist’

by Peter Thompson – submitted as a letter to the editor of the Nation newspaper and circulated on social media. THE LAST SUNDAY SUN Editorial, No Good Reason To Deface Statue, is a lost opportunity for Nation Publishing to contribute positively to a conversation among Barbadians about the history and future together of those who […]

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