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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Immigration policy and family ties

19 February 2017

It’s a question many Bajans, Trinidadians and other Caribbean immigrants as well as corporate leaders across the United States are asking: where is US immigration policy heading and how will it hurt us? The urgency in their voices is clear and it can be traced to... Read More

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TOURISM MATTERS: Finding tourism’s value for money

18 February 2017

French hotel giant the Accor Group is now in advanced discussions to acquire 100 per cent of the Atlanta based luxury villa rental company, Travel Keys, which offers over 5 000 properties in more than 100 destinations in the Caribbean, United States, Europe, Asia and... Read More

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BEC: Reinstatement versus Reengagement

18 February 2017

The Employment Rights’ Act (ERA) 2012, brought the advent of new remedies for persons who have been deemed by the tribunal to have been unfairly terminated by their employer. Prior to the proclamation of the act, damages were the only remedy one could receive, however... Read More

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Inside Maria's basket

17 February 2017

Especially For You: Created With Love” sums up the care and thought that Maria Evanson puts into each basket she creates. Regardless of the occasion – birthday, anniversary, or just because–- the contents and the unique packaging will win you over. Evanson told... Read More

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AS I SEE THINGS: Institutions and economic performance

17 February 2017

At a time when Barbados and most member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are under severe economic and financial stress, with growing incidence of poverty, shrinking middle classes, lack of any real and sustained rates of economic growth,... Read More

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ON THE RIGHT: Increased demand for oil worldwide

16 February 2017

Are higher oil prices threatening Barbados’ economic recovery? World oil demand was revised marginally up by 10 000 barrels, to average 1.25 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2016; as a result, total oil demand stood at 94.44 mb/d. This upward revision was... Read More

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ON THE LEFT: Oil market in wait-and-see mode

16 February 2017

Are higher oil prices threatening Barbados’ economic recovery? Observers of the oil market this month are focusing on the level of compliance with the production cuts agreed by members of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 11 non-OPEC... Read More

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THE ISSUE: Impact on foreign reserves

16 February 2017

Are higher oil prices threatening Barbados’ economic recovery? Barbados’ economic performance, and Government’s finances, would have been worse were it not for the fact that the island benefited from reduced oil prices in recent years. It is true that some... Read More

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Darren Ellis

15 February 2017

Darren Ellis is general manager of Regus Barbados Are you where you’ve always wanted to be? Most definitely! I am passionate about ‘serviced offices’ and the array of workspace solutions offered by Regus. I was ecstatic when we opened our flagship business... Read More

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THE HOYOS FILE: Encouraging healthy competition

15 February 2017

Readers of this column may have noted that, from time to time I may have been just a tad critical of the Government. But when it comes to the obesity crisis facing Barbados, you will also know that I support every effort it is making in this regard. I especially... Read More

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Mascoll: Close the gap

13 February 2017

IF BARBADOS WANTS to achieve fiscal stability in the “long run”, it must reduce the productivity gap between the public and private sectors. However, economist Dr Clyde Mascoll has concluded that in light of historical evidence showing that economic growth here “encourages... Read More

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THE HOYOS FILE: Entrepreneurship is a state of mind

13 February 2017

ONE OF THE things that makes the TV show Undercover Boss so entertaining is that most of the chief executive officers (CEOs) are terrible at doing their employees’ jobs. So, it has to be said that one of my all-time favourite episodes in this show is the one in which... Read More

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TOURISM MATTERS: Giving up VAT to get visitors

12 February 2017

THE GOVERNMENT OF Argentina has taken the bold move to remove, with immediate effect, the 21 per cent value added tax (VAT) on accommodation and breakfast, where included in a package element on hotel stays for foreign tourists. Read More

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First Citizens positive show in Barbados

12 February 2017

BARBADOS’ ECONOMIC AND financial troubles have not stopped First Citizens Bank Limited from having an improved performance here. In its recently released 2016 annual report, the regional financial institution, which is based in Trinidad and Tobago, reported a TT$637.2... Read More

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Flowers and gift basket business takes bloom

11 February 2017

FLOWERS, ESPECIALLY ORCHIDS which bloom in so many colours and shapes, are her favourites. Inspired to take up floral arranging after seeing the designs and arrangements that Barbados entered in the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London, businesswoman Rowana Sandiford... Read More

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To-do list for tourism

11 February 2017

A REGIONAL OFFICIAL has compiled a lengthy to-do list as part of efforts to ensure Caribbean tourism improves this year. In a 2016 Year In Review report, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) president Karolin Troubetzkoy said there was “good reason to look... Read More

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AS I SEE THINGS: Brexit: A glance into the future

11 February 2017

EVEN THOUGH IT is impossible for anyone to predict what will be the true implications of Brexit for both the United Kingdom and global economies, there are sufficient issues in the public domain that allow for intelligent projections of what a Brexit world may look... Read More

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Corrie Brewster

11 February 2017

ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be? At this point in my life I would say, no, not at the moment. During childhood stage, we all start out with a big plan to aspire to become someone in particular and through the events of life it takes us for a spin and points... Read More

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Playground of the rich

10 February 2017

CALL THEM CONTRASTING profiles of a modern Caribbean country. With a plethora of economic and social problems of its own making – potholed roads, a problematic sewerage system, water shortages and a mountain of debt – Barbados is still seen in the United Kingdom (UK)... Read More

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Entrepreneurship lessons from the steel pan

10 February 2017

THE STEEL PAN of Trinidad & Tobago is sometimes credited as being the only musical instrument to have been developed in the 20th century. The modern version of the steel pan emerged in the 1930s, when a variety of objects such as pots and pans, car parts, biscuit tins,... Read More

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Caution on Digicel bonds

10 February 2017

DIGICEL, A MAJOR communications service provider in Barbados and the Caribbean, is facing fresh concerns about its financial performance. Two months ago, the company dismissed suggestions from Michael Chakardijan, an analyst with research firm CreditSights that it was... Read More

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