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    September 26

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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


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



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