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Exciting period ahead

With all that is happening and will happen during the course of the next week, we must not lose our focus in generating interest and business for the future. I am pretty sure speaking about this before, but I believe that a little reminder cannot hurt. In this industry, we all have different roles and, […]

Privatization by stealth

The level of comprehension analysis in the average Barbadian primary school graduate is nowhere near an acceptable standard. The deficiencies are not corrected at secondary school and thus, by the time Barbadians reach adulthood, participation in various debates and discussions show a lack of ability to follow sequences, internalize instructions or synthesize and analyze information. […]

Of wealth and weapons

This week, I resume looking at the Middle East based on the presentation I did last July at the UWI Open Campus in St Vincent. I thank those who commented and offered their critique on the first part in my column two weeks ago. As I pointed out in that column, the Middle East can […]

The frightening ‘P’ word

Privatization is the process of transferring ownership of a business, enterprise, agency, public service, or public property from the public sector (Government) to the private sector. It may also mean the government outsourcing of services or functions to private firms, e.g. waste disposal or water distribution but could as well include activities such as revenue collection, law enforcement, and prison management as is […]

Devaluation – a bad idea

Credit rating downgrades and International Monetary Fund (IMF) analysis suggest unsustainable fiscal deficits and balance of payments problems loom. IMF support often relies on, if not require, devaluation as a curative measure. Confusion, even anxiety, accompanies talk of Barbados dollar devaluation. This need not be. Currency devaluation to stem foreign exchange reserve loss has a […]

The privatization question

The privatization question

“Privatization is the process of transferring ownership of specified property or business operations from a government organization to a privately owned entity, as well as the transition of ownership from a publicly traded, or owned, company to a privately owned company.” As mundane a definition as it appears, this concept fosters feverish debate between policy […]

What kind of society do we want?

Against the background of numerous political, economic, and social issues grabbing national headlines and our concerned attention, this past weekend was very heartening. As a proud graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), I became washed with positive emotion while taking in the two graduation ceremonies. The graduating students were splendidly dressed not […]

Rev. Baird’s block solution

Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry, was harshly critical of the religious leaders of his day. He accused them, in one particular instance which takes up the entire 23rd Chapter of St Matthew’s Gospel, of behaviour which had the effect of keeping people away from the kingdom of God. The Pharisees, a sect of Judaism […]

Stuart’s three R’s

Stuart’s three R’s

How do you rewrite the future of Beautiful Barbados? Clearly, it depends on who you ask. Recently, when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart delivered the 9th Annual Errol Barrow Memorial Lecture at the Markham Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada, his focus – perhaps understandably – was the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Independence of Barbados. For […]

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