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Gooding Family of Southern California Extends Best Wishes to the People of Barbados, World’s Newest Republic

Shirley Gooding

Submitted by Don James (MASTER MEDIA STRATEGIES, INC) In honor of my late husband, Cuba Gooding Sr. – who was a dual citizen of America and Barbados – I,Shirley Gooding and family, send this congratulatory message to the country and people of Barbados forbecoming the world’s newest Republic. My husband passed in 2017. However, there’s no doubt that ifhe were

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Difficult Conversations – Ding-Dong

There are several phases of marriage for men. The first is the wonderful honeymoon phase. A happy time. Then follows the woeful transition into ding-dong territory, where friction and tension become common-place as two people try to become one. I am currently in the ding-dong avoidance phase. That is where men do everything reasonably possible to avoid ding-dong. Men should

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BU COVID Dash – Testing is Down!

David;  Attached are updated charts for this week. Positive cases remain on a downward trend.  Vaccinations are slowly increasing and test positivity remains substantially above the goal of <5%.  Indeed, the 7 day positivity trend line is showing a slight uptick.  Increased uptake of vaccinations, vigilance and compliance with protocols seems to be necessary, especially as the Omicron variant is

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Knowledge is Useless …

Submitted by Steven Kaszab Human Beings are not all great thinkers . Don’t want to insult anyone but think about it. Building a house or community along river banks or water ways that will in time flood. Notice how many communities are located in flood plains? Also, noticed how the community continues to live there knowing that disaster will cometh

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Maloney OUT, Bostic IN

Mark Maloney and Jeffrey Bostic

A contributing factor to a high level of cynicism by citizens directed at government is the lack of transparency attached to selecting national awardees. The exercise is regarded as an opportunity for the sitting government to reward party faithful. The same with appointments to SOEs. The 2021 National Independence Awards was no different although some deserving Barbadians received recognition. A

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Rihanna, National Hero of Barbados


The announcement by Prime Minister Mia Mottley during the independence and republic ceremony that Rihanna was recommended by the government and accepted by the now President of the Republic of Barbados to be added to the pantheon of national heroes came as a surprise. To be expected public opinion is mixed although many appreciate Rihanna for what she has accomplished

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Long Live the Republic!

For many the decision to replace Queen Elizabeth II with former Governor General Sandra Mason will mean very little to many Barbadians. Hopefully after the government delivers on the promise to engage with the public next year about what is contained in the Barbados Constitution as a prerequisite to reform, civic awareness will be heightened.  The time must come soon

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Difficult Conversations – A Farce of the Highest Order

To make Barbados a Republic requires changes to the Constitution of Barbados. The proposed changes are contained in new legislation called the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2021. This Bill appears to violate the Constitution, so I wrote open letters to the Prime Minister and all Members of Parliament expressing my concerns. In the Senate, Bills are to be carefully read

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Ease of Doing Business Easier


Barbadians are happy to see progress being made in the ease of doing business also referred to as business facilitation. For many years straddling both administrations the refrain has been – Barbados must improve the ease of doing business.  The use of technology to efficiently deliver goods and services is a nobrainer in 2021. The digitization of the Corporate Affairs

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World is put on high alert over the Omicron coronavirus variant By Ivana Kottasová, CNN Updated 11:03 PM ET, Sat November 27, 2021 (CNN)As fears mount over the newly identified coronavirus variant Omicron, governments around the world are scrambling to protect their citizens from a potential outbreak. The new mutation, which is potentially more transmissible, was first discovered in South Africa and has

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People Waking Up


Barbados has officially joined the ranks of politically polarized societies. Like the fly on the wall the blogmaster has been observing the quality of debate on a myriad of issues and as a commenter on BU would describe it, the signal noise is deafening and the divisiveness is real. Permit the blogmaster be clear, citizens of a country giving vent

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Time for Budget is Now


Amid the din of Covid 19 noise muted calls from the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the United Progressive Party (UPP) for the government to deliver a ‘budget’ have gone largely unnoticed by the public. The blogmaster agrees given the comatose state of the local economy the call is justified. It is no secret the BLP inherited a sick economy

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GOD Bless BIM…god bless the Republic

Barbados barring no unforeseen event will be declared a Republic on the 30th November 2021. For many including this blogmaster, it has taken too long and with hindsight should have been part of the independence transaction in 1966. It is embarrassing to listen to some Barbadians in 2021 justifying why the Queen of England should be regarded as head of

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Another Heather Cole Column – Republic or Monarchy?

Heather Cole

“Whoever has the gold makes the rules” John Hart Medieval Kings were created by wars and conquest and passed on their titles to their descendants. There are no kings in Western democracies. The majority in Europe are ceremonial relics of antiquity so it is highly irregular that successive governments in Barbados have created a strange phenomenon where they elevate men

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Most Expensive Fast Food in the Caribbean

Visit for more details Back in 2019, I wrote a series of articles on KFC in the Caribbean. Today, I am following it up with a look at Little Caesars in the Caribbean, and in particular, a price comparison of one of their menu staples (and a personal favourite of mine), the Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready Large Pepperoni pizza. Before I

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