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TOURISM MATTERS: Exploit the film tourism niche

26 September 2016

WHEN I LOOK at my near three decades living on Barbados, it is difficult not to applaud the progress of our fledgling film industry and the key players who have thought past our tiny geographical size and produced world class moving images. But, at the same time, I... Read More

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FAO ‘should boost food mission’

26 September 2016

AFTER CHANNELLING ABOUT $24 million in support to Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) over the last five years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is set to play a larger role in this part of the region. Read More

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Tax dent in FCIB profits

25 September 2016

REGIONAL FINANCIER CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB) has earned $222 million in profits so far this year. It included a “strong” third quarter performance, highlighted by $76 million in profits. However, Gary Brown, chief executive officer (CEO) of the institution,... Read More

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AS I SEE THINGS: The knowledge economy

25 September 2016

THE ECONOMICE LITERATURE speaks about the transition that economies go through from heavy dependence on agriculture and subsistence living to a more advanced society in which services and mass consumption dominate. During this transformation, there is also a noticeable... Read More

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THE HOYOS FILE: Gercine Carter - Life lessons in writing

25 September 2016

WHEN I WAS 15 or 16, I heard that Rediffusion was looking for a co-host for its Saturday evening programme aimed at teenagers, and was changing the show’s name from Teensville to Teen Scene. So, with absolutely no interest in a broadcasting career, I went there to be... Read More

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Finding light in the blackout

24 September 2016

ON SEPTEMBER 1, around six a.m., we had a reminder that we are still vulnerable to power outages in spite of having one of the best and most reliable power companies in the region. The thing is, I didn’t know there was an outage until I started seeing WhatsApp messages.... Read More

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BARBADOS EMPLOYERS' CONFEDERATION: Discrimination impacts health and safety at work

24 September 2016

WHILE THE EMPLOYMENT laws of Barbados are silent on the issue of discrimination and the outright expression of such has been significantly reduced in recent decades, the impact remains the same. Perceived discrimination in the case of health and safety can be equated... Read More

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Agriculture, fisheries to go high-tech

24 September 2016

GOVERNMENT PLANS TO HIRE a team of international consultants to “stimulate growth” in agriculture and fisheries using a modernised information and technology infrastructure. The effort is being led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management,... Read More

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The performance management nightmare

23 September 2016

EXISTING PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT systems review performance in the past which is out of sync with the needs of the organisation and its stakeholders, for whom the need for profit is immediate. Consequently, in the existing form performance management systems do not address... Read More

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Programmed to pass on the knowledge

23 September 2016

IN A FEW YEARS after his new company is operating the way he envisions, businessman Evelyn Austin wants to get into gaming and education. He wants to teach others, especially children, what he knows about computer software. “In Barbados, we need to teach people how... Read More

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Jenell Weekes

23 September 2016

Are you where you've always wanted to be? Yes, I have a job that I absolutely love – which makes it feels more like a hobby than a job to me. I am comfortable here, I can be true to myself and this field also allows me utilise my creativity. Read More

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Barbados may face EU tax screen listing

22 September 2016

GOVERNMENT MIGHT FACE a future when for the umpteenth time it has to defend Barbados from a tax haven branding. More than a year ago, authorities here reacted angrily and swiftly after European Union (EU) countries placed the island on a list of the world’s worst tax... Read More

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Improving public sector reform

22 September 2016

THE ADMINISTRATION of Government services in Barbados has long been the subject of scathing criticism for being slow, and unresponsive to the real needs of members of the public. In effect, the public service is criticised at the point of delivery of its services. Read More

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ON THE RIGHT: Move beyond sun, sea and sand

21 September 2016

IN CONTEMPLATING our future and the factors affecting it – from advances in technology to emerging markets, and from health concerns to fluctuating world economies, finding the right balance between exploration and exploitation will be the secret to our success in facing... Read More

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ON THE LEFT: Support systems a must for success

21 September 2016

THE TOURISM INDUSTRY has long been regarded as one of the primary vehicles for social and economic development of the countries in the greater Caribbean. Aware that tourism is highly competitive and demands innovative marketing strategies to ensure long term success,... Read More

theissue-new

THE ISSUE: Change needed for tourism growth

21 September 2016

IT CANNOT BE business as usual for Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours that depend heavily on tourism for their economic well-being. This is so given the increased competition these islands have faced and are expected to have to confront in the future. In this connection,... Read More

tourismmatters-new

TOURISM MATTERS: Ensure it’s money well spent

18 September 2016

To partially offset the value of the pound sterling compared to other currencies, but particularly to the United States dollar, several British tour operators are becoming increasingly more creative to help cushion the holiday cost differential to their clients. Travel... Read More

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Supervisory college bid

17 September 2016

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) is examining the prospect of introducing a new layer of supervision for the insurance industry. However, the regulatory agency says the idea of establishing supervisory colleges for insurance groups would require a number of... Read More

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: A knightmare in London

17 September 2016

It’s the kind of story we read with anguish and increasing frequency these days. Whether in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Britain or the United States, the tale of woe goes something like this: after decades of working hard, employees, who are looking forward... Read More

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Anthony Davis

16 September 2016

is co-owner of the Palette House Are you where you’ve always wanted to be? I try to appreciate every step I take towards my goals instead of just lusting for the destination; so with that said, I think I’m where I should be. What is your biggest professional... Read More

hoyosfile-new

THE HOYOS FILE: No tariff equals Arawak hard times

16 September 2016

I know you are mighty tired of hearing me repeat my favourite joke, but an Arawak Cement version seems apropos: Pretty soon there will only be one employee and a dog at the St Lucy plant. The dog will be there to bite the man if he tries to make cement. If an airplane... Read More

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