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ON THE LEFT: New type of austerity measures needed

25 August 2016

Is a strategy of fiscal consolidation good for economic growth? Under the current economic and socio-political circumstances, reacting with the mindset of the 1980s and 1990s is the wrong approach for national economies in Latin America and other emerging markets,... Read More

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THE ISSUE: Austerity: friend and foe

25 August 2016

Is a strategy of fiscal consolidation good for economic growth? For the last three years, Government has pursued a policy of fiscal consolidation. In other words, it has introduced a number of measures, including expenditure cuts and increased taxes in an... Read More

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Khadijah’s special touch

24 August 2016

Blvc Allure is the name of Khadijah Trotman’s business. She chose it because she wanted something unique for the almost two-year-old home-based operation which she would like to take regional. “I got into the business from around secondary school. I was always... Read More

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AS I SEE THINGS: Institutional reforms and the public interest

24 August 2016

In last week’s contribution, I encouraged people to stand up and express themselves on matters of national significance in the public interest to ensure that real problems such as increasing poverty and high unemployment could be addressed and resolved for the good... Read More

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3D dinner almost ready

22 August 2016

Columbia University is working on a new 3D food printer that can produce and cook a variety of dishes from frozen base ingredients. They also want to introduce an element of design to home cooking that could turn cooking into an open source hub of innovation that... Read More

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SOTIC conference coming next month

22 August 2016

SEVERAL PROMINENT TOURISM officials from across the region will gather in Barbados next month to attend the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Business Meetings and State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC). The event, which will be held under the theme Honouring... Read More

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TOURISM MATTERS: Getting the hired car facts straight

21 August 2016

When I read an article captioned “Slow Crop Over For Car Rental Businesses”, in one section of the media, I was quite surprised, as the provisional arrival figures and various comments made by politicians, event organisers and policymakers indicated that attendance... Read More

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Brexit won’t kill Caribbean tourism

21 August 2016

The United Kingdom’s (UK) controversial decision to exit the European Union (EU) has not dimmed the “bright future” facing Caribbean tourism. The region received this vote of confidence from the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) recently as it welcomed... Read More

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Reduced cover puts Emera up $67 million

20 August 2016

Canadian energy company Emera has landed a $67 million windfall after reducing the insurance covering its subsidiary Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) against catastrophe. The company made the disclosure last week when it released its second quarter performance report... Read More

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Relax, Dr Worrell, you are not alone

20 August 2016

As Barbados inches towards Tuesday’s Budget Day consider some newspaper headlines. “Danger In Central Bank Note Printing” reported the Nation almost 18 months ago when it told readers that former Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, had demanded that the leading financial... Read More

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Brian Branch

19 August 2016

Brian Branch is manager of Branch Foods Are you where you’ve always wanted to be? No, but I learned early on that things never go according to plan, no matter how good your plan looks. It’s more about the journey and the process of learning and growth rather... Read More

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THE HOYOS FILE: Escaping the Sinckler-Worrell austerity straightjacket

19 August 2016

With all Barbadians eagerly awaiting the 2016 budget speech by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, which is scheduled for tomorrow, president of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Eddie Abed has repeated his organisation’s call for no additional taxes. ... Read More

ontheright-new

ON THE RIGHT: Sweet tax about finance and health

18 August 2016

Is a tax on sweetened beverages a sustainable policy? In recent years, various countries have introduced taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and foods as a public health measure to combat obesity. Taxes have traditionally been implemented as a means... Read More

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ON THE LEFT: Reduce the cost of healthy options

18 August 2016

Is a tax on sweetened beverages a sustainable policy? Evidence shows that the environments in which people develop their dietary behaviour and make their food choices are a significant influence on what they purchase and, in turn, what they eat. This evidence... Read More

theissue-new

THE ISSUE: Jury still out on sugar drinks tax

18 August 2016

Is a tax on sweetened beverages a sustainable policy? It is now more than a year since Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler announced a new ten per cent tax on sweetened beverages. The measure was introduced in Sinckler’s last Financial Statement... Read More

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Full service spa in the making

17 August 2016

Passion, patience, a love for people, and a willingness to offer great service is businesswoman Marsha Farrell’s personal motto. In the cosmetology business for 25 years, she operates Totally Polished Spa located along the south coast of Barbados. Although her days... Read More

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AS I SEE THINGS: Acting in the public interest

17 August 2016

As often as we know it, issues of national importance are presented to the public either as a deliberate strategy on the part of governments or leaked by high-level officials in order to gauge people’s reaction prior to the announcement of the measures being contemplated.... Read More

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Luxury property market bounces back

15 August 2016

Barbados’ luxury property market is “making a resurgence”. That’s the assessment of the Crane Residential Resort, a key player in the sector. And in a recent analysis on the issue, the St Philip company said fractional ownership “is becoming more popular”. “With... Read More

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TOURISM MATTERS: Doing it the Iceland way

15 August 2016

My column which appeared three weeks ago, looking at increasing airlift to Barbados through Iceland, attracted many comments, some positive and others very negative. A regular critic questioned why on earth would holidaymakers consider going to visit Iceland, or even... Read More

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Sea eggs net big bucks

14 August 2016

About $1.2 million in “value” was generated in just one month as Barbados lifted a ten-year ban on sea egg harvesting last October. But even as “crude” estimates showed some groups netted $67 200 in revenue from sales of the popular local delicacy, a group of fisheries... Read More

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Correspondent banking disaster looming

14 August 2016

A looming “catastrophe”. John Beale, until recently Barbados’ Ambassador in Washington, wasn’t wrong in describing what Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours are facing should Washington in general and the United States (US) Treasury Department in particular, get their... Read More

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