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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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RON IN COMMON: Banks need to raise bar on customer service

14 May 2016

EVEN IN A RECESSION financial institutions tend to do well. So at this time when many businesses are crying out about a dip in earnings the opposite is true for commercial banks, credit unions and other deposit-taking and money-lending businesses. They don’t appear... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: Crime on the increase in Caribbean

07 May 2016

JAMAICA HAS FOR SOME TIME battled a murder rate that is both frightening and unbelievable. It has become the norm for the country to record more than 1 000 murders. Surely, many would have said that this could not happen in any other Caribbean nation. Not anymore.... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: Don’t make sport with your sexual health

30 April 2016

SOMETIMES IT IS best to let certain things remain out of sight and therefore out of mind because to do otherwise can draw unnecessary attention to yourself and or an issue which may offend many people. Such is the case of former Barbados and West Indies cricketer,... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: Getting to the bottom of it

23 April 2016

HAVE YOU noticed the rising derrieres of so many of our women? Maybe, the plump butts are linked to too much drinking and eating, especially steroid-filled chicken and an array of processed foods. Or it may have something to do with the clothes they are wearing,... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: Cricket wins soothe the wounded region

09 April 2016

FEW THINGS BRING people together like sporting activity. When West Indies cricket is on top we rejoice across the Caribbean. When Usain Bolt flogs the field in both the 100 metres and 200 metres we are ecstatic. Lewis Hamilton has Caribbean roots so when he wins in... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: No Republic without reform

02 April 2016

SOME YEARS AGO then Prime Minister Owen Arthur raised the issue of Barbados becoming a republic. It seemed like full steam ahead at that time, but it came to a rather sudden halt. Now, it is back on the national agenda, with people from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart... Read More

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