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TALKBACK: Welcome for new parties

13 February 2017

THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE of Barbados is changing, and the formation of a fifth party tosses up an intriguing future as the island looks towards the next general election. Last week, chairperson Lynette Eastmond announced the formation of the United Progressive Party... Read More


TALKBACK: Woman needs an attorney, say readers

30 January 2017

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC are calling for the Labour Department to intervene in an issue where a woman was dismissed from a restaurant while on sick leave. According to a report carried in last Friday’s WEEKEND NATION, Christ Church resident Kathy Wiggins fell at the... Read More


TALKBACK: Call to update certificate of character process

23 January 2017

OFFICER-IN-CHARGE of the police certificate of character department, Sergeant Carlos Lindo, is promising an ease by February. It has been a busy time for both officers and applicants, starting towards the end of 2016 and into 2017, as various sectors require the certificate... Read More


TALKBACK: Parents’ job to ensure children get to school

16 January 2017

IT IS NOT THE JOB of teachers to patrol the bus terminals and ensure children make their way to school. Rather, parents have to impress upon children the need to get to school early or failing that, make them pay for travelling on the public buses. This was in... Read More


TALKBACK: Leave some room for us locals

02 January 2017

“Dah beach is mine, I can bade anytime; Despite what they say, I gine bade anyway.” – Jack, The Mighty Gabby, 1982 FEW THINGS RILE UP Barbadians like a threat of devaluation of the dollar or talk of privatisation of the beaches. Last week, managers at three... Read More


TALKBACK: Some happy for pensioners, others blast Government

26 December 2016

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS, as the saying goes, so pensioners were quite relieved to see a few more dollars on their cheques this month. Director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Ian Carrington, explained the rationale in an interview with the DAILY NATION. ... Read More


TALKBACK: Senator knocked by readers for sugar cane plan

19 December 2016

A CALL BY AN independent senator to import labourers to cut canes has led to claims of him being out of touch with the state of the industry. Online readers say Senator John Watson seems unaware of the fact that sugar is dead and many grounds lie fallow, are overrun... Read More


TALKBACK: Independence wishes flow for little rock

05 December 2016

ON NOVEMBER 30, Barbadians at home and abroad paused to reflect on 50 years of Independence. Many comments were left on the Nation Barbados’ Facebook page under the video Looking Back At 50 Years, which highlighted some of the top moments in the island’s history.... Read More


TALKBACK: PM’s silence, not golden, say readers

21 November 2016

PRIME MINISTER FREUNDEL STUART has earned the reputation for keeping silent on issues. Last week, while visiting students at St Bartholomew’s Primary School in Christ Church, he said that as a leader, one had to determine what was worth responding to, otherwise one... Read More


TALK BACK: Not impressed by unions’ call for Customs go-slow

14 November 2016

AFTER A MEETING with the executive of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) last Friday, customs officers at the air and sea ports reportedly went on a go-slow. It was in support of president Akanni McDowall who was reverted to his substantive post in the Civil... Read More


TALKBACK: Some call for coconut vendors to clean up

07 November 2016

RECENTLY, environmental health inspector David Nightengale issued a warning to consumers about purchasing coconut water from roadside vendors. Nightengale, who is attached to the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex in St John, said some vendors, especially... Read More


TALKBACK: Independence activities not a priority for some

24 October 2016

ORGANISERS OF THE celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ Independence have ramped up activities. Last week, they unveiled a series of major events which will be held in November, including a performance by international superstar Rihanna as part of the... Read More


TALKBACK: More action, less talk, acting commissioner

17 October 2016

BARBADIANS WOULD LIKE Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith to stop saying crime is down – even if he has the statistics to support it. In last Friday’s WEEKEND NATION, Griffith said there had been “one or two ugly cases” and when they happened in a cluster,... Read More


TALKBACK: Mixed reception for Chinese docs, nurses

10 October 2016

FIVE CHINESE DOCTORS and three nurses will be deployed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by yearend under a joint agreement with the Government of Barbados. Acting Minister of Health Senator Patrick Todd said the QEH helped to identify the areas in need to “enhance... Read More


TALKBACK: Little comfort in IDB crime statistics

26 September 2016

AN INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK report on crime and violence in Barbados says the island has one of the lowest murder rates in the Caribbean. The rate of 11 per 100 000 is lower than that of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas. But after recording... Read More


TALKBACK: High school costs still bother for parents

12 September 2016

EVEN AS SCHOOLS throw open their doors today to signal the start of a new academic year, some parents are still reeling over the high cost of uniforms, shoes and books. Parents took to the Nation Barbados’ Facebook page to vent their anger and frustration at the... Read More


TALKBACK: Readers’ mixed views on sick certificates

29 August 2016

ONE OF THE BIGGEST talking points among online readers last week was Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo’s suggestion that doctors are issuing too many sick certificates. During a courtesy call with president of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners,... Read More


TALKBACK: Online readers’ say on Sinckler’s view about some bosses

22 August 2016

COMMENTS FROM Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that many highly paid managers at statutory corporations are doing a terrible job brought a swift response from online readers over the weekend. Wrapping up debate in the House of Assembly on the 2016 Financial Statement... Read More


TALKBACK: Harsher penalty needed for crop thieves

15 August 2016

THE NEWS THAT THIEVES made off with a bounty of cassava from the farm at the Ministry of Agriculture’s headquarters in Graeme Hall, Christ Church, brought crop theft back into the spotlight last week. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Esworth Reid, said the... Read More


TALKBACK: Readers standing behind Sammy

08 August 2016

THE DECISION BY the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to sack T20 captain Darren Sammy has not been well-received. Sammy revealed in a video on social media that chairman of selectors Courtney Browne told him of the change in a very brief conversation. Online readers... Read More


TALKBACK: Thumbs down to highway closure for Day 2 jump

01 August 2016

A DECISION TO CLOSE OFF a section of the Ermie Bourne Highway (East Coast Road) stage the Day Two jump up has drawn the ire of many Barbadians. Organisers say the event won’t be catering to spectators, so if you are not jumping in a section, stay away from the area.... Read More




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