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Krystle Clear: Celebrating Anti-Corruption Day . . . or are we?

08 December 2017

December 9th, 2017 will be celebrated globally as Anti-Corruption Day, which is an initiative spearheaded by the United Nations Convention. Corruption is defined as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery”. With this in mind,... Read More


Krystle Clear: Reducing duplicated efforts in the Public Service

01 December 2017

Continuing in the Deficit Report series, the controversial topic of streamlining government services was broached. Many persons believe that this is another way of sending home government workers. However, I strongly believe that this does not need to be the case.... Read More


The Long View: No fuss over 51st year of Independence

30 November 2017

Oh, what a difference 52 weeks can make. Just one year ago, Barbados was awash with patriotic feeling. The month of November 2016 was a very memorable period. It was the period of reflecting on the pride in this small island nation with a difference. Because... Read More


Price gouging hotline needed

21 November 2017

Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler introduced a National Social Responsibility Levy. Then he came back this year and carried it up from two per cent to ten per cent. Nearly everyone warned that it would cause an increase in prices even though some things were exempted... Read More


Remember to thank our servicemen and women

14 November 2017

On Sunday Barbados saluted its war dead with the annual Remembrance Day parade at the Cenotaph in Heroes Square, The City. It was done with the usual pomp and dignity befitting the occasion. Those whom we have promised never to forget made supreme sacrifice ... Read More


Keys to Managing Unemployment

13 November 2017

Ensure your debt accounts are up to date: Should you have any outstanding amounts in arrears, it might be very challenging to service them should you become unemployed. Have savings set aside for the possibility of job loss: If possible, aim to have three months of... Read More


THE LONG VIEW: Have a heart for refugees

31 October 2017

Just how small the world is and how events in one place can impact what happens in another place was recently highlighted by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Barbados was not directly touched by these destructive weather systems but we did see the economic... Read More


THE LONG VIEW: Time to give back to UWI

24 October 2017

It must have been a moment of pride and accomplishment for thousands of students at the Cave Hill campus on Saturday when they received their certificates, diplomas and degrees as reward for their successful completion of years of dedicated study. I’m delighted at... Read More

Inside Editorial: Myths about Investigative Journalism

24 October 2017

It may be the number one question local journalists hear – ‘why don’t you do any investigative journalism?’ And as the number one media house in Barbados, the Nation’s journalists hear it even more than most. Read More


The Debt Snowball and recovering from financial loss

23 October 2017

Know that experiencing a financial loss does not signal that you have no future. I am not going to tell you that you will recover everything you have lost overnight, whether it was taken from you or whether it was a result of your behaviour. It will take time to recover.... Read More


Debt Restructuring - the Big Picture

13 October 2017

We have repeatedly heard that Barbadians should not be concerned with the downgrades from international rating agencies as the current government administration has no plans to borrow money on the international market. Given the timing of the next elections, this... Read More


Inside Editorial: The best and worst of times

03 October 2017

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Cited and referenced endlessly over the past 150 years, Charles Dickens’ timeless words could easily apply to the state of the news business now. People are reading, watching and listening to more news than... Read More


Krystle Clear: Restoring Investor Confidence in Barbados

29 September 2017

In my first blog, I spoke of the Deficit Committee of the Social Partnership and their Action Plan to reduce the fiscal deficit. The plan included agenda items to assist the country in making a comeback and rise from the slump of austerity. The Ease of Doing Business... Read More


Krystle Clear: Crime, Violence and the Economy

16 September 2017

The recent spate of violent crimes within this beloved country has sobered me. It appears that a week cannot pass without a voice note or news report accounting horrific stories of another human being shot, chopped or otherwise bludgeoned, another victim of senseless... Read More


It's not your money, it's your behaviour

11 September 2017

If no one ever told you, the way you behave affects the way you manage your money. Have you felt you were unworthy of an opportunity that you automatically disqualified yourself from even trying? You guessed it. That’s how behaviour affects your decision making.... Read More


What You Do with Your Money Matters

31 August 2017

Financial Leadership is giving your money PURPOSE and DIRECTION. You are the C.E.O. of a corporation. You need a team to fulfill the vision of your company and help execute the purpose of the company. Therefore different roles need to be established. You will need... Read More


Krystle Clear: Of Alternative Budgets and Marches

31 August 2017

I reviewed the plan and appreciated the significant level of thought and expertise. It is not a quick fix, neither will it guarantee a turnaround in this country but it was most certainly comprehensive and an excellent start to addressing the deficit discussion. ... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Against America First Policy

24 June 2017

THE ACTIONS of president Donald Trump have become fairly predictable. This is particularly true if it has anything to do with the legacy of president Barack Obama. Trump will try to undo everything Obama did; it almost seems as if he would like to pretend that the... Read More


RON IN COMMON: 11-plus is but a phase

11 June 2017

IT IS THE DREAM of parents for their children to do well, even if they have certain intellectual, physical or emotional weaknesses. Little wonder the Common Entrance Examination is such a big deal. Parents who attended one of the leading older grammar schools are... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Budget a lotta long talk

03 June 2017

THE BUDGET HAS been delivered, the reply has been given and the debate wrapped up. Looking around us, after all the talk over three days in the House of Assembly, the sky hasn’t fallen in, yet, and those of us still alive, well, we’re still breathing mostly fresh... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Don’t overindulge on those mangoes

20 May 2017

YOU CAN’T HELP BUT hear the talk, whether it is a warning or friendly nudge about watching what we eat and drink. Thankfully, it is all for our good; cutting back on the salt, exercising more, eating smaller portions and avoiding the saturated fats. The words... Read More


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