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Fear not!

by Head of the EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador  Mikael Barfod Un-Cooperative Jurisdictions List Since the publication of a list of uncooperative tax jurisdictions by the European Commission on 17 June 2015, which named a number of CARICOM and other Caribbean countries, there has understandably been reaction in the region. While […]

Lessons from Greece

We in the Caribbean like to compare ourselves to other countries that are excelling in a particular area and emphasize that we are not too far off from them or that we are closing the gap in some way. Perhaps it is equally important to look at countries that we don’t want to be similar […]

When finance overshadows health

“The newly proposed special excise on sweetened beverages, included in the Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals for the year 2015 is here to reduce the social and economic impact of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs). And if this measure still does not translate to a decline in NCDs, a stiffer penalty may be coming for those […]

COLUMN – No stopping Walk Holy

The Christian community will again be represented in this year’s Crop Over Festival. For example, there is no stopping the Walk Holy band which plans to hit the road on Kadooment Day, depicting the theme More Than Enough Part 2. The band joins the parade from Warrens, St Michael and members will do their depiction […]

COLUMN – Herbal remedy

Herbal medicines. They can be found in health stores, supermarkets, gyms, and even the vendors’ tray at the vegetable market. From all accounts, in Barbados and around the world, this “traditional” form of medication is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many today, as people often make self-medication decisions, based on information from the Internet, […]

COLUMN – In defence of the IMF

I had intended this week to come with part two of “If I were Minister of Finance”. I changed my mind, however, after interacting with a political analyst last week and then reading a commentary in the media by another. Both experiences caused me to recognize the fundamental flaw in my own thinking regarding public […]

COLUMN – The Commonwealth’s future – part one

Questioning the relevance and value of the Commonwealth of Nations is nothing new – for such has occurred ever since the modern Commonwealth was created in 1949.  However, doubts have intensified in recent time about the voluntary association of now 53 countries. Claims are repeatedly made that the organization is no longer relevant or useful. […]

COLUMN – Calm before the storm

Call it the calm after the storm if you wish but the last four teams battling for supremacy in the BCA Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship will have their special interest as well next Tuesday and Wednesday under the lights at Kensington Oval. As is stands, no one expects dancing girls, packed stands, beating drums and […]

COLUMN – Older women dating younger men

The trend in Barbados currently seems to be that older women are dating younger men. Not that a movie like How Stella Got her Groove Back had any bearing on that at all! Seriously!! It is simply that Barbadian young men are breaking the traditional male chauvinist moulds that make some of their older counterparts […]

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