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


TALK BACK: Pros and cons of playing Pokemon Go

25 July 2016

Online game Pokemon Go has captivated some people in Barbados. Gamers told NATIONNEWS it was a great way to get exercise and meet new friends while trying to capture the elusive characters on their mobile phones. But others see it as just another “follow pattern”... Read More


TALKBACK: Cautious welcome for Foreday searches

18 July 2016

WITH SECURITY CONCERNS paramount this Crop Over season, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith warns they will be conducting searches at Foreday Morning and Grand Kadooment Day. This is part of an overall strategy which also includes improved lighting and the... Read More


TALKBACK: The AG should have known better

11 July 2016

IT IS NOT ONLY attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim who believes Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite spoke out of turn last week at a meeting of the Barbados Police Association. Online readers said Brathwaite should have been more circumspect in expressing his opinion on the... Read More


TALKBACK: Readers weigh in on free meals at secondary schools

27 June 2016

DURING DEBATE LAST WEEK, Opposition Member of Parliament Gline Clarke called for the extension of the School Meals Service to secondary schools. Clarke said even if a small fee were charged, there were children who were going to school hungry and that should not... Read More


TALKBACK: Interest piqued in build-up of Careenage sand

20 June 2016

AN ARMED 21-YEAR-OLD attempted to make his way onto the compound of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Courts, a schoolgirl was the victim of a hit-and-run, and police did a walk-through of Brittons Hill. A fire affected three homes in Eagle Hall, vendors continued to battle... Read More


TALKBACK: Brittons Hill youth come in for lashes

13 June 2016

YOUTH OF BRITTONS HILL, St Michael, called for a ceasefire among their peers last week and for politicians to do more for the poor. The appeal came after two men were shot dead and another wounded by gunfire in the space of 24 hours. All three incidents were connected... Read More


TALKBACK: Vendors seen as eyesore in the City

06 June 2016

LAST TUESDAY, police started to rid streets in Bridgetown of illegal vendors. Those plying their trade along Hardwood Alley were the first to be moved while those on the Charles Duncan O’neal Bridge and at the entrance of the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal were given... Read More




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