Cruise blues

THE MV HARBOUR MASTER’S return to Barbados has left operators of Jolly Roger 1 feeling as if they have been attacked by buccaneers. The party boat’s operators have reported a drop in bookings since June. All this, charged one of its directors, was due to the return of the MV Harbour Master. Allan Kinch, a director of Black Pearl Party... Read More


‘Fast-track’ gun cases

ALL ACCUSED GUNMEN SHOULD face the courts within a month of being charged. The recommendation to fast-track the cases of firearm suspects has come from Catholic Bishop of Barbados Jason Gordon who has had a history of working with criminal gangs in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. Speaking yesterday to members of the Chamber of Commerce... Read More


19 let go from Royal Westmoreland

ROYAL WESTMORELAND has sent home 19 workers as it feels the pinch of expired contracts and a weaker British pound. Now faced with “a marked slowdown in property sales activity”, the St James-based luxury residential and golf resort has decided to take on “the exchange risk” in an effort to attract foreign home buyers. These developments... Read More


Wanted man shot dead

A 21-YEAR-OLD MAN wanted for allegedly shooting a police detective almost three weeks ago, was shot and killed by police yesterday. According to police reports, the drama unfolded at September Square, 4th Avenue, Harts Gap, Christ Church between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. when lawmen executed a search warrant and confronted Romario Lashley. ... Read More


Business facilitator promises improved dialogue

GOVERNMENT’S NEWLY-APPOINTED business facilitator has made it clear that while he will seek to improve communication between Government departments and the business sector, he will not act as a tribunal or arbitrator, making final decisions on outstanding matters. Senator Darcy Boyce, in an address to the Barbados International Business... Read More


BEC: Punishment and reward

The management of a workforce can be very challenging at times. Often supervisors and managers have to ask themselves whether to give an employee the carrot or to use the stick. What do I mean when I say carrot versus stick? As a supervisor, you need to know when to offer an incentive to get the job done (carrot) or when to exercise your authority... Read More


TOURISM MATTERS: Emerging from the Brexit gloom

Following the referendum on Brexit, I would imagine the entire outward bound tourism industry in Britain has gone into overdrive to mitigate the effect, both short and long term, that it will inevitably have on their businesses and market share. I have already seen opportunities that we as a destination could potentially piggy back to maintain... Read More


Flavourful twist to sugar cakes

When Maria Joseph was a teenager, her grandfather, Vincent Stuart, didn’t like to see her idle during the long summer vacation. So, he taught her how to make sugar cakes. She had to husk the coconut, grate it before turning it into delightful bites of confectionery. But she saw it as a chore and did not think it would benefit her as an... Read More



THE BRONZE BOY IS BACK. Mario Burke, Barbados’ lone medallist at the World Under-20 track and field championships in Poland, returned home yesterday beaming with pride. The 19-year-old sprinter, who won bronze in the 100 metres, was met at the Grantley Adams International Airport by a small group of well-wishers that included his parents... Read More


Positive Sada

SADA WILLIAMS is still upbeat about making an impression at the Rio Olympics. Speaking after returning home yesterday following the disappointment of pulling up in the 200 metres final at the World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, the 18-year-old sprinter said that she would have to be further assessed to determine what forced... Read More


Harris joins CFU board

PRESIDENT OF the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Randy Harris was elected to the executive board of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) at the 39th ordinary congress in Miami last Sunday. Harris’ 18 votes were the most polled in the race to elect four new executive members to the board. In reacting to the development, Harris told... Read More


Young bats impress Sir Viv

SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS is talking his talk again. But this time, he is praising the first Test performance of Shane Dowrich, who has replaced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for the West Indies four-match cricket series against India. “When you look at the performances moving forward, young Dowrich, I think would’ve cemented his place in terms... Read More


IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: 2016 safest Crop Over ever

WHAT I AM ABOUT to write may seem contradictory, but it really isn’t. Just follow my reasoning. A few weeks ago some idiot posted a message on Facebook suggesting there would be bloodshed during Foreday Morning celebrations. Almost immediately there was near panic in some circles, with reports that some revellers had changed their minds... Read More


FAMILY FUSION: Crippling mental health problem (2)

LAST WEEK I BEGAN looking at a man who developed a serious mental health problem that crippled his life for 38 years. He had lost his drive for progress, and had deliberately parked himself in the garage of hopelessness and helplessness while he watched many people move confidently past him. The man of whom I speak seemed to love his bed... Read More


FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: New cane technologies

THERE ARE SOME who would have you believe that the sugar industry is dead, no longer of importance. Then there are others who know better and realise that without sugar cane our countryside would be in shambles – an extension of how the CLICO estates in St John currently look, so we must ensure that the industry is rehabilitated. Interestingly,... Read More


EDITORIAL: Saluting Sir Garry on his 80th

TOMORROW BARBADOS’ ONLY living National Hero, Sir Garfield Sobers, becomes an octogenarian and we look forward to celebrating this significant milestone with him. After all, he has done so much for his homeland, and indeed the wider Caribbean, through his legendary exploits on the cricket field. More than 40 years after Sir Garry’s career... Read More


Classic holding back 50 song

REIGNING PIC-O-DE-CROP MONARCH Classic will be singing a song for Barbados’ golden jubilee. Slated to be released in November, he told the DAILY NATION that he opted not to do a patriotic song during the Crop Over Festival but will do so closer to the 50th anniversary of Independence. “Most of my songs are a challenge. I find that I... Read More


Marvay: No. 2 is great

THE HEATED DEBATE on social media and radio airwaves that first-timer Damian Marvay was hard done in the Sweet Soca competition yesterday morning isn’t being endorsed by the singer. “I feel great to place second. I have no qualms coming second to Edwin Yearwood. Zero. “I didn’t even hear the points. I was on a stage with cameras and... Read More


New movement aimed at positive expression

THOSE IN THE entertainment industry should look out for stiff competition. There is a new outlet for young people to express themselves. The Endorsing Kingdom Culture Only (EKCO) NATION movement was launched yesterday at Ball Park Events and Entertainment Centre. It is aimed at combating negative influences through radio, social media... Read More


Edwin and Lil Rick win Soca Royale

EDWIN YEARWOOD successfully defended his Sweet Soca title, and Lil Rick is the new Party Monarch. Early Monday morning, the two kings, both performing songs with patriotic themes, were crowned at Bushy Park to put a wrap on this year’s MQI/98.1 Soca Royale Competition. Yearwood earned 86 points with Home Sweet Home, convincing the judges... Read More




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