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THE HOYOS FILE: Life through the lens of economics

07 December 2016

Unless you read the RBC Caribbean Economic Report, which is published every month in PDF format and emailed to the bank’s clients, journalists and other interested persons around the region, you may not know of Marla Dukharan. She is the person who writes the newsletter,... Read More

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Marion’s new IT mission

06 December 2016

SHE EXCELLED IN economics and diplomacy, now Dr Marion Williams is out to leave her mark in the information technology (IT) field. And she hopes that Barbados will earn some foreign exchange in the process. Read More

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HR must master the art of delivery

06 December 2016

THERE IS NOT a human resources (HR) professional who has not felt the pressure to make the impossible possible. Some persons believe that the recruitment, development, empowerment and the retention of people and the maintenance of industrial peace is anything but a... Read More

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TOURISM MATTERS: Sue Springer, superwoman

05 December 2016

AS SUE SPRINGER prepares to demit her post as chief executive officer at the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, I would like to dedicate this week’s column to her amazing contribution to tourism over several decades and around 15 years in her current position. Read More

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C&W profits at $99.4m

05 December 2016

PROFITS ARE FLOWING at Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Limited (C&W). The company, which has undergone several changes in recent years, recorded profit before taxation of $114.4 million with an overall profit after taxation of $99.4 million. Read More

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Tourism campaign on streets of London

04 December 2016

WITH THE NEXT winter tourist season about two weeks away, major players have a head start on the effort to get more British visitors to Barbados. The Elite Island Resorts Group, a collection of ocean and beach-front properties in the Caribbean, is partnering with the... Read More

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BARBADOS EMPLOYERS' CONFEDERATION: Excessive absence

04 December 2016

ABSENTEEISM CAN HAVE a devastating impact on a business whether small, medium or large. However, the effect of excessive absence wreaks more havoc on smaller companies than it does on larger companies. Where a company does not have policies and procedures to effectively... Read More

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THE HOYOS FILE: How tourism helped us own ‘a piece of the rock’

04 December 2016

PROME MINISTER Freundel Stuart recently noted that in 1966 Barbados produced around 200 000 tonnes of sugar for export, compared to this year when total exports may not exceed 10 000 tonnes. He said: “In 1966 we were still basically a very large cane farm.” Read More

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Tesla’s power play

03 December 2016

TESLA CONTINUES TO push the barriers of our reality today, with the announcement of the Powerwall 2 and the Solar Roof. These are not new technology, but rather existing technology being made more accessible and more relevant to today’s environment. Read More

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Rhasheda Skeete

03 December 2016

ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be? I try in life to always relish the moment, live in the now. So I’d rather say I’m where I’m supposed to be. Read More

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Social progress ‘uncharted’

03 December 2016

AS BARBADOS CELEBRATES Independence, authorities have been touting the island’s social progress. However, a new index published by a United States-based non-profit organisation has left Barbados off a list of 133 of what it claims are the world’s most socially progressive... Read More

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Bajan bakes – just add water

02 December 2016

KAY THOMAS LIKES bakes. Yes, you read it right, good old Bajan bakes that conjure up happy memories along with fritters, fishcakes and pink lemonade or red Kool-Aid whenever it rained. Read More

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Devaluation not on the cards

02 December 2016

A FEW ECONOMISTS may propose it, but no Barbados Government, especially the Fruendel Stuart administration, would consider devaluing the nation’s dollar, pure and simple. How come? People of all walks of life in the 50-year-old independent nation don’t want it; the... Read More

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National insurances under pressure

01 December 2016

POPULATION AGING, SLOW economic growth and high unemployment are weighing on National Insurance Schemes (NIS) in the Caribbean. Recent demographic trends – declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy – have reduced the number of the economically active population... Read More

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AS I SEE THINGS: The ant facing the elephant: 2

01 December 2016

LAST WEEK’S CONTRIBUTION dealt with the contextual framework pertaining to “the challenges facing the small and highly vulnerable economies of the Caribbean in relation to correspondent banking, de-risking and being labelled as tax havens” and the fact that these are... Read More

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ON THE RIGHT: Regional trade hopes dim

30 November 2016

In the middle of 2014, world trade entered into a second phase of contraction after the collapse generated by the financial crisis of 2008–2009. In the slowdown in Latin American and Caribbean exports, which was characterised by greater adjustments than the world average,... Read More

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ON THE LEFT: Not business as usual for trade

30 November 2016

THE WORLD ECONOMY in 2016 is in a fragile state, with growth likely to dip below the 2.5 per cent registered in 2014 and 2015. The mediocre performance of developed countries since the 2008-2009 economic and financial crisis is set to endure, with the added threat that... Read More

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THE ISSUE: Exports a viable solution

30 November 2016

COMPARED TO ITS counterparts in the region, including Guyana, Belize, and Suriname, Barbados is not blessed with rich natural resources. And when stacked up against Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, it is not considered a major manufacturer. Read More

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TOURISM MATTERS: Britain’s perfect air travel storm

27 November 2016

The British government is being urged to use the upcoming autumn financial statement to remove its air passenger duty (APD) altogether, in a bid to ensure the United Kingdom (UK) remains attractive in a post-Brexit world. Airlines UK and the Board of Airline Representatives... Read More

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BEC: Are rewards and incentives necessary?

27 November 2016

“People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.” – Dr. Bob Nelson. Should we all decide to reflect on our childhood years, I am sure that most, if not all of us, would be caught with a smile on our face as we reminisce on... Read More

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Will President Trump help or hurt?

26 November 2016

At a time of galloping worries about the possibly economic fallout from Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the United States presidency, it’s inevitable that people in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean would ask key questions: What about us? Would Trump’s policies... Read More

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