RON IN COMMON: Time for creative solutions

23 October 2016

BARBADOS IS IN a severe financial crisis. We may not be acting so; indeed we may not even believe this is really so. Patronage at the fast food outlets, the frequent trips to Florida and New York, the ocean cruising whether in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Tony is simply the Best

16 October 2016

IT WAS A hectic weekend for the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies. The campus held its annual graduation ceremonies at which students who successfully completed courses of study were presented with their scrolls; a moment of pride and joy for each... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Extend a hand to Haiti

09 October 2016

HURRICANE MATTHEW left pure havoc along its trail this past week. When the Atlantic cyclone bypassed Barbados, it was just developing into a tropical storm. It had us in an uneasy and uncertain state, fearful of what it could do the economy, our homes and our personal... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Unprepared Barbados

01 October 2016

OH WHAT A week it was. The last seven days were marked by rushing and uncertainty ahead of the passage of what eventually became Tropical Storm Matthew. Yes, we may have six months or more to prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season, but the truth is that most Barbadians... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Make customer service a priority in public sector

25 September 2016

IN RECENT YEARS much has been written or spoken about customer service in academic journals, by trade organisations and even by labour unions. It is a major issue in a service economy such as Barbados. Good customer service is often seen as the difference between... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Sports commentators need to up their game

18 September 2016

IN SPITE OF THE inconsistent performance of the West Indies cricket teams, fans still like to follow them, whether in the Caribbean or overseas. One of the best ways over the years has been via radio. Listening can be just as good as seeing, especially if there is... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Friends of all . . .

10 September 2016

ALMOST EVERY PUBLIC and some private sector officials have been promoting China as the best thing for Barbados in its foreign relations. It is seen as the country for almost everything – from niche markets for our exports to a potential tourist market and training... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Need for more activists, NGOs

03 September 2016

IT TAKES a lot of guts and determination to go out there and fight issues on behalf of the public when very often, the only interest some of the people on whose behalf you take up a cause is in a positive outcome. It is perhaps because of this lukewarm response from... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Zimbabwe deserves our attention

27 August 2016

THERE ARE SO MANY domestic issues of pressing concern that we tend to take our eyes off the international matters which should attract our attention. If we are locked on to the American agenda then our perspectives can be skewed. The issues in Africa should naturally... Read More


RON IN COMMON: The Olympics and the need for reflection

20 August 2016

THIS PAST WEEK there were two big events locally for newspeople; the Budget and the Olympics. Well, we had to cover the Budget and the debate, but, if truth be told, the focus and interest of the media were on Rio. I suspect that this was even the case with MPs as well.... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Share positives on social media

13 August 2016

THERE IS NO such thing as privacy once you discuss a matter in an open forum. There is no such thing as confidential when it comes to social media - be it Facebook, texts, email, WhatsApp, Twitter or whatever else. Hillary Clinton’s email affair should teach us... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Pre-Independence Clean-up

06 August 2016

THERE’S A FEELING of patriotism all across Barbados. People are connecting to the national symbols, such as the flag, anthem and the pledge. This was very evident during Crop Over, whether at Pic-o-de-Crop, Kiddies Kadooment or Grand Kadooment. I suspect this mood... Read More


RON IN COMMON: All hail Sir Garry

30 July 2016

THIS PAST WEEK Barbados publicly celebrated the birthday of its only living National Hero, Sir Garfield Sobers. More than 40 years after retiring from the game of cricket, he remains a real legend in his time. Engaging, endearing, it is simply a joy to be in his... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Sing Anthem with pride

23 July 2016

MORTICIAN, JAMES WILSON, who is also a musician of note, has been suggesting that Barbadians should start singing the National Anthem at events rather than playing the official instrumental version. It is a good idea, but it seems as if it has already been laid to... Read More


RON IN COMMON: What the secret with the points?

16 July 2016

SO THOSE CALYPSONIANS who will match up against reigning monarch Classic have been chosen for this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop finals. Like most people I am eagerly anticipating that event at Kensington Oval on Saturday, July 30. Given the names of those who will do battle... Read More


RON IN COMMON: What if we had no current?

09 July 2016

SOMETIMES LITTLE THINGS can cause you to go into deep reflection. Such was the case following the diversion and disruption of vehicular traffic for a few hours on the Spring Garden Highway on Friday after the power lines came down, having been damaged by a falling... Read More


RON IN COMMON: The art of songwriting

02 July 2016

CROP OVER SEASON is in full swing, given the varied activity taking place. There is something about the festival, whether the tents, the fetes; Pan Fusion, Pan Pun De Sand, Grand Kadooment or Foreday Morning jam that we all love. But, I must agree with the calypsonians... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Barbados for everyone

25 June 2016

LAST YEAR WAS a record year for tourist arrivals and every Barbadian will be hoping that we can surpass the new mark of 571 892 this year. Certainly, every proud Barbadian must hope that next year we will do even better, and the next. After all, growth in the... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Too much silence on garbage issue

18 June 2016

THE CLASSIC Beautiful Barbados by the Merrymen evokes a feeling of pride and joy and the enduring bond that most Barbadians have with their homeland. So whether you hear the song at a promotional tourism event in North America or while relaxing at home in Bim, it makes... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Create award in Sir Elliott’s honour

11 June 2016

FROM ST LUCY TO Christ Church and other parishes in between, there has been a little initiative that has changed the face of the office of Governor General. Sir Elliott Belgrave, by his visits to public primary schools, has successfully undertaken one of the major public... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Protecting turtles should be a priority

04 June 2016

ACTION SPEAKS SO much louder than talk, the idiom goes. And this is the time we need action as it relates to the protection of the environment in Barbados. We don’t have the same kinds of problems many other nations face as it relates to protection of endangered... Read More




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