Workers are key

13 February 2016

BARBADIAN COMPANIES should be operating on the premise that employees are their backbone. And on this basis, they should be doing all they can to ensure they are providing the best work environment for their staff to thrive and the business to flourish. This was... Read More


TOURISM MATTERS: Long stays – by the numbers

12 February 2016

I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH to be invited to last week’s breakfast Press conference held by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and, trying to put partisan politics aside, in my humble opinion it was one of the best presented meetings of its kind that I have ever attended... Read More



12 February 2016

HANDLING THE MATTER of having an employee charged with a criminal offence is not as black and white as you may assume; fire him, you say? There are some grey areas and noteworthy tips you should be aware of if such a situation arises. An employee being charged with... Read More


BICO reaping sweet profits

12 February 2016

IT’S STILL SMOOTH and sweet for this country’s primary ice cream producer. BICO Limited has recorded double digit growth in profit the financial year ending September 30, 2015. Before tax profit was up 15 per cent at $501 614, general manager Jo-anne Pooler reported... Read More


ON THE LEFT: Signs of decline in the sector

11 February 2016

WE CANNOT AS A NATION FEEL HAPPY or satisfied that we are now becoming more and more dependent on one aspect of our economy for foreign exchange – tourism. We have to, as policymakers, look to see new products all the time, what we can to diversify this economy,... Read More


ON THE RIGHT: Great contribution to Barbados

11 February 2016

THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS and financial services sector can only grow out once the Government continues to identify not just easier ways of doing business in Barbados, but also of equal importance, the kind of products that we have to offer to the global environment.... Read More


THE ISSUE: Great potential despite challenges

11 February 2016

BASED ON THE MOST RECENT Press release, the Central Bank of Barbados does not expect the international business and financial services sector to play a leading role in returning Barbados to sustainable economic growth. After announcing that tourism’s resurgence was... Read More


THE HOYOS FILE: A case of shoddy ‘research’

10 February 2016

I SIMPLY DON’T HAVE enough time to check into all of the weird things that go on in Barbados relating to our economic performance as a country. But this issue of whether the Government owes backpay to the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) members at the Grantley... Read More


GEL records $62 million profit

10 February 2016

ADOPTING A BUSINESS MODEL that focuses heavily on overseas diversification is paying off handsomely for Barbadian conglomerate Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL). GEL has earned nearly $62 million in profits after what its directors called a “record-breaking” 2015.... Read More


Region must err on the side of caution

08 February 2016

IT’S BEEN A ROUGH START TO2016, as seen by the recent bouts of financial volatility, stemming from uncertainties related to the slowdown in China, lower commodity prices, and divergent monetary policy in advanced economies. The global recovery continues to struggle... Read More


AS I SEE THINGS: Surviving in a dynamic world

08 February 2016

LAST JULY, former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur delivered a speech at The Gleaner Editors’ Forum, held at the company’s Kingston, Jamaica office, in which he alluded to the changing economic circumstances facing Caribbean countries and the kinds of adjustments... Read More


CTO, CHTA join fight against Zika virus

08 February 2016

WARY OF THE potentially devastating impact the Zika virus could have on the Caribbean’s rebounding tourism industry, regional officials have issued a call-to-action to the sector. The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism... Read More


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Why Worrell should change course

07 February 2016

IT WAS A THUNDERING MOVE by one of the Caribbean’s leading media institutions and it was aimed, for good reason, at Dr DeLisle Worrel, governor of Barbados’ Central Bank. In an unusual step for an independent newspaper, the Nation published a front page editorial in... Read More


TOURISM MATTERS: Sprucing up for winter

07 February 2016

SOME YEARS AGO, we pioneered a concept that was dubbed Tourism Enhancement Month. The simple idea was to persuade our paint manufacturers and suppliers, hardware, equipment rental and landscape companies to extend an extra discount to what was then our 100-plus small... Read More


IDB points out positives

07 February 2016

THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB) sees some positive economic signs for Barbados. However, the financial institution – similar to others giving forecasts – says medium-term growth will reach only one per cent, which it said was based on expected starts for “tourism-related... Read More


How the US rate increase affects the Caribbean

06 February 2016

THE OUTLOOK for the world economy is mixed. While some major economies are experiencing solid growth, several economies, including major emerging markets, are facing challenges. The United States (US), the United Kingdom, India, and some European countries are projected... Read More


BARBADOS EMPLOYERS' CONFEDERATION: 24/7 operations and the issues

06 February 2016

OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS there has been much discussion on the implementation of a 24/7 economy and the possible implication for employees and businesses alike. While ’round-the-clock service is increasingly imperative to ensure economic development, the management of... Read More


THE HOYOS FILE: No country for falling oil prices

06 February 2016

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO’S (T&T) economy, the once and still mighty financial battleship that cruises these Caribbean waters, bringing supplies of food and dinosaur energy to its geographically smaller and economically weaker neighbours, now faces the kind of attrition it... Read More


Same-sex bliss

06 February 2016

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. That’s the call to Barbados’ authorities to get on board and legalise same-sex marriages. It comes from Cheryl McIntosh, a Barbadian resident in the United States, who two weeks ago legally tied the knot with her female St Lucian sweetheart... Read More


First murder for year

06 February 2016

HOURS AFTER it was spilled, the blood of 24-year-old Travis Austin remained on the ground as a graphic reminder of the country’s first murder for 2016. In the final hours of Thursday, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force responded to a report that led to the... Read More


Shake-up in police force

06 February 2016

THERE ARE RUMBLINGS in the Police Force today. And it has to do with what inside sources say is an act of alleged victimisation levelled against three lawmen who have sued the Police Services Commission for their non-promotions in 2012. Reports reaching the Saturday... Read More




Should the student be allowed to return to Springer Memorial or is there too much water under the bridge?

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