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    November 14

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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


RON IN COMMON: Throw light on politics and the courts

13 May 2017

ACROSS THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING Caribbean we often scoff at what is done in United States of America. We hold dear to certain precepts we inherited from Britain, even if we do not follow them to the letter of the law. So the way appointments are made to the Supreme... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Why the silence on Venezuala?

29 April 2017

SILENCE IS GOLDEN. This approach has come to be used by many people, including those in leadership positions, who believe that in some circumstances saying nothing is preferable to speaking. Of course, there are people who take this proverbial saying too seriously.... Read More


RON IN COMMON: A facelift for Bridgetown

23 April 2017

NEARLY EVERYONE seems to agree that Barbados is notoriously poor when it comes to the maintenance of state property. The evidence is there. It always is. Take the prevailing circumstances in and around Bridgetown. We have the former Louis Lynch Secondary School... Read More


RON IN COMMON: UWI graduates need to give back

16 April 2017

THIS PAST WEEK a number of interconnected headlines in NATION publications caught the public’s interest based on reactions on nationnews.com and Facebook. One was about a report on the brain drain of the island’s brightest and best talent who pursue greener pastures... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Help the sex workers

09 April 2017

THE PRIESTS at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral have a legitimate concern. It has to do with the behaviour of the sex workers who frequent Bay Street and Jemmotts Lane, The City. These workers and their customers are using the church’s burial ground as a... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Silly season is upon us

01 April 2017

IT HAS BEEN a long break, and it wasn’t because of writer’s block, but I’m back. We are clearly into the silly season. The activity by the political parties that has been almost non-stop since the last election is certainly being stepped up. We all wait in eager... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Where is the association for Barbadian journalists?

24 December 2016

ALMOST EVERY DAY this year, some organisation has been celebrating some achievement or highlighting an event of significance, it seems. None of this has included journalism or journalists as a whole. In fact, a review of the past five years came up blank as well.... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Trade unions need full-time leaders

17 December 2016

THIS YEAR HAS been a turbulent one for labour relations in Barbados. Perhaps this has been the case for a number of years now, but it simply did not resonate as it has in 2016. Given the range of issues facing workers in all sectors in both the private and public... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Black Friday and Independence Day

03 December 2016

ADMID ALL THE EXCITEMENT and show of nationalism regarding Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations, Barbadians must acknowledge a certain reality. Independence celebrations in coming years could easily be overtaken by factors beyond our shores. November... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Don’t forget Sir Frank’s contribution

19 November 2016

MOST BARBADIANS SHOULD be elated to hear that the Barbados Workers’ Union is at long last going to honour the memory and contribution of Frank Leslie Walcott, one of the truly outstanding figures of 20th century Barbados. He was a labour leader who would have rubbed... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Stepping aside with dignity

13 November 2016

THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION in the United States was extraordinary in many respects. People who do not normally show any open interest in partisan politics certainly did on this occasion. The election was nasty by any standard with both the Democrats and the Republicans... Read More


RON IN COMMON: Lessons for Barbados from US election

05 November 2016

THANKS TO THE Internet and the easy access to US television, Barbadians and most of the world are hooked on the presidential election to be held on Tuesday. Some of us will pretend that we couldn’t care less about the outcome and have no interest in the vote, but... Read More


RON IN COMMON: City in need of revival

30 October 2016

THERE HAS BEEN a great deal of attention paid to Bridgetown in recent years. Barbados’ capital has an enviable history and along with its historic Garrison has achieved UNESCO designation as a heritage site. Yet, despite all the acclaim Bridgetown needs extensive... Read More


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


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