Families rocked by deaths

TWO ST PHILIP FAMILIES are grieving over the “senseless” deaths of loved ones. Shane Nurse, who was 34, and Dwayne Burgess, 35, were both gunned down in separate incidents on Independence Day. Nurse, who lived at Ruby Tenantry, was shot repeatedly as his brother stood helplessly nearby, while Burgess was shot while providing security... Read More


No ease up

THE BANKS HOLDINGS LIMITED (BHL) takeover war is about to get even more tangled. Brazilian beer giant AmBev, through its subsidiary SLU Beverages Limited, is increasing its offer to BHL shareholders to $7.10 per share, topping the $7 offer from Trinidadian conglomerate ANSA McAL. But while AmBev was sweetening the pot yesterday, ANSA... Read More


Jones: Why keep corporal punishment?

DON’T THINK Minister of Education Ronald Jones is not listening to the debate on whether to retain or remove corporal punishment in schools. In fact, his take on the issue is: why keep it on the books if it is not being used? But, said Jones, its retention or removal from the Education Act was at least a year away since that was when... Read More


Call for tougher firearm stance

FOLLOWING THE SHOOTING DEATHS of two St Philip men on Independence Day, acting Attorney General Michael Lashley wants a tougher stance against firearm crimes. “I am concerned with the gun crimes we are having. We have to have discussions on it and I believe we need to deal with the firearm problem – confront it and deal with it frontally,”... Read More


The PR of mergers and acquisitions

WHILE ALL EYES are fixed on how much or little shareholders of Banks Holdings Limited (BHL) will receive after the dust is finally settled in and out of of court, my interest is on the public relations strategies that the company is engaged in to keep its stakeholders, especially employees, engaged and abreast of new business developments.... Read More


BARBADOS EMPLOYERS' CONFEDERATION: Employing people with disabilities

WITH MARCH BEING THE MONTH to celebrate achievements in the disabled community, the Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC) is pleased to enable discussion on the employment of people who are disabled. As the employers representative, we at the BEC encourage our members to hire people with disabilities so long as the applicant’s capabilities... Read More


‘Strong’ demand for Barbados

BRITAIN’S LEADING TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, ABTA, is reporting “strong” demand for travel to Barbados. With the 2015/2016 winter tourist season scheduled to start next month, ABTA said its members had reported that “demand for Jamaica, Barbados and the [United Arab Emirates] is . . . strong for this winter and next year”. The association also said... Read More


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Tax haven fight is not over

“THE GAMES ARE NOT OVER.” As a matter of fact the effort to protect the Caribbean offshore financial services sector needs more juice. Coming on the heels of a successful effort by CARICOM diplomats in Washington led by Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda and The Bahamas that virtually forced the local government council of the District of Columbia... Read More


Gym hitch

IT STILL isn’t smooth sailing using the Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex for sports after the staging of cultural events at the Wildey venue. This was manifested once again when the annual Inter-Schools’ Badminton Tournament got off to a late start yesterday after organisers and players were greeted with chairs and a stage... Read More


Volleyballers ready for rivals

BARBADOS’ junior captains have their eyes fixed on competing at the NORCECA Volleyball Championships in summer 2016. With only six days until the start of the tenth Caribbean Junior Volleyball Championships, boys’ captain Andriy Stapleton and girls’ captain Ashley Jordan are feeling confident about their chances of being victorious at the... Read More


Pride playing same squad

DESPITE a nine-wicket loss to defending champions Guyana Jaguars in the last round of the Regional Professional Cricket League’s first-class championship at the Providence Stadium, Barbados Pride are keeping faith with the same players. The selectors yesterday named an unchanged 13-man squad to travel to St George’s for the Pride’s fourth-round... Read More


December 13 clash for Titans

NUMBER ONE Mark “Venom” Griffith will be hunting a three-peat and second-ranked Julian “Michael Jackson” White will be looking for his first title when the Massy United Insurance Clash Of The Titans road tennis finals are staged on Sunday, December 13, at the Netball Stadium. These two giants will be playing for an early Christmas gift... Read More


FAMILY FUSION: Open heart surgery (2)

LAST WEEK I BEGAN a series on “open heart surgery”. This kind of surgery is not physical in nature but is based on the “inner heart”, from where our thoughts, purposes and emotions spring forth. The St Mark passage forms the backdrop for this series where Jesus Christ, the heart specialist, highlights 13 symptoms of a diseased heart, each... Read More



TODAY, I’m talking agriculture – prompted by an event I attended last week to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the agricultural department at Barbados Community College (BCC). I’ve been a part-time tutor for the associate degree course over the years and must say it’s gratifying to meet past students from time to time who are now pursuing... Read More


IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Not buying Arawak’s reason for price cut

I DON’T WANT to give anyone the impression that I have anything against the Arawak Cement Company or its principals, because I don’t, but I can’t help but declare that I have absolutely no sympathy for the organisation in its current battle with Rock Hard Cement. My involvement with Arawak goes all the way back to the very beginning. I... Read More


EDITORIAL: Make best use of Baroness Scotland

MUCH TO THE surprise of many across the Caribbean, Baroness Scotland has been chosen as the new secretary general of the Commonwealth. After all, she had the known backing of only two countries in the region, her proposer Dominica and Barbados. The candidate proposed by the majority of CARICOM members, Sir Ronald Sanders, simply did not... Read More


Gilkes wants clarity on Act

PROMOTER AL GILKES wants clarity from Government on the proposed amendment to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act to ensure better collection of taxes on entertainment events. Gilkes, managing director of FAS Promotions Inc., in referring to an article on the matter published in the November 27 WEEKEND NATION, said the amendments were unclear.... Read More


Tight security for Hennessy Artistry

PATRONS ATTENDING the 2015 Hennessy Artistry Show can expect the usually high standard of security. In wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks that occurred during an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris, France at Bataclan Concert Hall, Inspector Peter Gibson said security would be well placed around Kensington Oval during the show.... Read More


Scores enjoy St Philip Carnival

EVEN AMIDST the threat of early morning showers, the annual St Philip Carnival still proved to be a blast for many today The jump-up, which was said to have started behind schedule, began at Marley Vale and culminated at King George V Park, delighting spectators along the route. Bystanders who soaked up the pulsating rhythms and loud... Read More


Carnival takes over St James

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF FESTIVE colours took over the streets of St James for the second annual Orange Hill Carnival, today. Over 250 revellers jumped, waved and spun their waistlines along the route which started at the Orange Hill pavilion and moved through Baywoods, St Silas, Westmoreland, Highway 2A and back at the Orange Hill pavilion where... Read More




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