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The hefty cost of corruption

The hefty cost of corruption

There was a time, just a matter of years ago, when the average Barbadian would have scoffed at any suggestion that corruption was a major problem affecting this country’s public administration. Such was the level of confidence in the integrity of persons holding positions of public trust either by virtue of elected office or Civil […]

We owe it to ourselves to be honest and productive

We owe it to ourselves to be honest and productive

Productivity is often viewed as the engine of development in modern economies like ours. Experts often say output is everything and time is money. Almost daily concerns are expressed that Barbadians now are not as productive as their compatriots of old, and Wednesday’s startling revelations about the drain on the National Insurance Scheme’s sickness benefits provided […]

Doing one’s ‘best’, might not be good enough

Doing one’s ‘best’, might not be good enough

The excitement of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is now over for most. The adrenaline has receded for those individuals and their home nations that did not feature in the medals’ count. Of course, for those who were successful in ascending the podium, the feeling of exuberance and achievement will last for some time to […]

The economy and the next election

The economy and the next election

When Barbadians go to the polls at the next general election to choose a government for the ensuing five years, it is more than likely that economic considerations will weigh heavily in deciding how they will vote. Indeed, a question which arguably will be uppermost on the minds of voters as they head into the […]

Bolt’s influence will extend way beyond the track

Bolt’s influence will extend way beyond the track

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe stole the show last night at the closing of the Rio Olympics when he appeared disguised as Super Mario. As part of a teaser by Tokyo, host of the 2020 Games, there was a scene of  Mr Abe travelling by car and announcing that he would not make it in […]

Which way for the economy?

Which way for the economy?

Following the conclusion of the annual Budget debate in the House of Assembly early this morning, can we truly say that the average Barbadian, who makes up the majority of the population, is any wiser in terms of having a better understanding of the economic predicament in which Barbados currently finds itself? Frankly speaking, we […]

Time to pay up

Time to pay up

Up until Tuesday, the start of the new academic year for some students was in peril after the Student Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF) turned down their applications for assistance. It was not a mean-spirited act on the part of the officers of the SRLF, neither were the students at fault; there was simply no money to […]

Of accountability, transparency and sheep

Of accountability, transparency and sheep

The tenet of the people’s right to know is one foreign to the citizenry of Barbados and their laws. Indeed, Barbadians are often treated with such indifference with respect to dissemination of information by those who govern, that one could be forgiven for believing there is a maxim that citizens are sheep and out of […]

Eyeing the pinnacle of Olympic glory

Eyeing the pinnacle of Olympic glory

Watching Usain Bolt flash across the finish line in Rio on Sunday night to claim his third consecutive Olympics 100 metres title and cement his place in history as the greatest sprinter of all time, many Barbadians probably wondered quietly at the time when will we similarly bask at the pinnacle of Olympic glory as […]

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