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No more free LIAT ride, Mr Chastanet!

No more free LIAT ride, Mr Chastanet!

Taking issue with LIAT’s business model and consistent loss-making track record, Mr. Allen Chastanet, the newly elected Prime Minister of St Lucia, has always maintained a seemingly unrelenting opposition to supporting the Antigua-based regional airline. As Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation between 2006 and 2011, he firmly stuck to the position that the Castries […]

Never-ending search for recovery

Never-ending search for recovery

Yesterday’s ominous warning from Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that Government’s austerity programme was “not over by a long shot” was more than enough to provoke many a sigh of frustration, a good old Bajan steupse and even downright anger from citizens across the length and breath of this country. More than that, it must […]

When Hamelin came to Bridgetown

When Hamelin came to Bridgetown

Our politicians do not always shine brightest among us. But we have frequent occasions where some of our best brains gravitate towards politics and we feel blessed when this redounds positively to the country we call home. Of course, academic qualifications do not necessarily make for great politicians. Nor does the lack of tertiary education […]

When Uncle Sam is the subject of a travel advisory

When Uncle Sam is the subject of a travel advisory

The Bahamas, a sister Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state, recently took the bold and unusual step, especially given its developing country status, of issuing a travel advisory against the United States. Washington, as everyone knows, does not hesitate to issue similar advisories against other countries, even though the effects may be detrimental to their economies […]

Proof of the NCC pudding definitely in the eating

Proof of the NCC pudding definitely in the eating

Amid the early shouts of “victory” by both the National Union of Public Workers and the Barbados Workers Union, there can be no running away from the obvious disappointment felt by former workers of the National Conservation Commission over Friday’s ruling by the Hal Gollop-led Employment Rights Tribunal (ERT). In fact, following delivery of the […]

We all must play safely

We all must play safely

There was some rather disconcerting news about the Caribbean coming out of a United Nations agency two days ago that has profound implications for the region as a whole and its development prospects. New data released by the Geneva-based Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, more commonly known as UNAIDS, showed that HIV infections among adults […]

Food for thought on healthy living

Food for thought on healthy living

About five months ago, Director of the Chronic Disease Research Center (CDRC) at the University of the West Indies Dr Alafia Samuels made the bold call for Government to “tax the fat”, raising many an eyebrow and even ire in some quarters. No – she was not referring to taxing overweight individuals, but rather the […]

Paper committals, justice, and the human element

Paper committals, justice, and the human element

There was much food for thought during the week as our political leaders debated the Magistrate’s Court (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Lower House. One of the major areas of discussion related to paper committals and the need to abolish preliminary enquiries. The idea of paper committals is of course nothing new. They were introduced […]

A true man of the people

A true man of the people

The passing of revered local political icon, distinguished regional jurist and ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stalwart Sir Frederick Gladstone Sleepy Smith, QC, at the ripe old age of 92, symbolically marks the close of an important chapter in the story of Barbados’ development in which he played a major role on the front line. […]

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