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NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE: Extorting fees from the dead

23 April 2017

MY FONDEST WISH is that these columns do not only provide an opportunity for me to vent but that they impart useful information to the public. To this end, I would like to share my experiences that could be beneficial to others. So far, two of my friends have trusted... Read More

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TONI THORNE: Like it or not, you’re building a legacy

23 April 2017

AS I READ the latest news on television’s most successful host and his dismissal from Fox amid allegations of sexual harassment, I could not help but wonder how Bill O’Reilly’s children are handling this scandal. I mentioned to a friend: “I feel sorry for his children.... Read More

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MAVIS BECKLES: Good Fridays not the same

22 April 2017

BUT LOOK AT HOW things could change, nuh? It seems like only yesterday when we used tuh look forward tuh the long Easter weekend. It would seem dat more exciting things used tuh happen at Easter than at Christmas. Fuh one, the Friday was the most quiet day o’ the... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Barbados’ lesson for New York

22 April 2017

NEW YORK WOULDN’T admit it, but chances are the best known state in America may have learned something from tiny Barbados. The lesson: if you can afford it and are determined to give the poor and the middle-class a chance to climb the economic and social ladder at... Read More

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FLYING FISH & COU COU: Eagerly awaiting jobless number

22 April 2017

WHY HAS THE Barbados Statistical Service not published the latest unemployment figures? Isn’t it ironic that though the department has not released the figures, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo could reveal last weekend that unemployment is now nine... Read More

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SATURDAY'S CHILD: For whom bell tolls

22 April 2017

WHEN C.L.R. JAMES, historian, journalist and cricket fanatic asked, “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know” he did not know the half of it, especially what was going to happen to West Indies cricket after he passed away in 1989. CLR was born in 1901,... Read More

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YUH GAWH BE KIDDIN': No way to treat your own

21 April 2017

I LOVE A BIRTHDAY do down here! Friends, music, beach, food and drinks all in one place. A friend uh mines – Suzie Lou – celebrated her birthday weekend gone, and the gift she received was a staycation at a lovely hotel. Anyways, she get to the hotel now, and excitement... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Getting set for E-day

21 April 2017

AND THEY ARE OFF! Last week’s enthusiastic announcement of new faces to represent the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in three St Michael constituencies in the next general election was the broadest hint yet that the ruling party is thinking in terms of its date with... Read More

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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Sugar industry in need of funding

21 April 2017

HOW WAS YOUR EASTER and the Easter holiday on the whole? Did you have a good and enjoyable one? Well, I had a beautiful one. It was very Spirit-filled and I was very pleased to see the long trucks on the ABC highway on Saturday, the day after Good Friday, taking the... Read More

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Save jobs by cutting pay

21 April 2017

MANY ARE CALLING for cuts in the salary of civil servants. The latest is Sir Henry Fraser. He has said that a five per cent cut across the board is better than sending home 5 000 civil servants. In the civil service it might call for wherever possible redeploying human... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Festivals need fresh ideas

20 April 2017

THE RECENT LAMENT has not been lost on the ears of those listening that the support for the annual Oistins Fish Festival is waning. The festival, now in its 40th year, has been recording a reduction in patrons attending its events, while fewer businesses have been... Read More

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The facts about ‘Nelson’

20 April 2017

YOUR COLUMNIST Dr Frances Chandler, in her column of Wednesday, April 13, 2017, has revealed that she is way out of her depth. The 1966 Barbados Scholarship winner in natural sciences is in a time warp and is making unscientific statements about a historical non-event.... Read More

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WHAT MATTERS MOST: PM hiding behind the veil

20 April 2017

THERE IS A NAIVETE in some quarters and a wickedness in others that seem to be inspiring the call for the Opposition Leader to put her policies and programmes in the public domain. Apart from criticising the performance of the Government, an Opposition’s major weapon... Read More

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AWRIGHT DEN!: Visiting the Cave

20 April 2017

IT’S VACATION TIME for the family, and wifey planned in advance a few things she wanted us to do as a family, two of which were to take the children to Harrison’s Cave and to a restaurant. We decided to do both on the same day. The girls were super excited they were... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Parents not in favour of fiancé

20 April 2017

DEAR CHRISTINE, I am 22 years old and plan to get married at year-end, but my parents are against it. My father is the stubborn one, but my mother goes along with what he says. They want me to marry some collar-and-tie guy because I was educated at . . . and did... Read More

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FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: Contradictions

19 April 2017

I’M WORRIED ABOUT Barbados’ economic future. Very worried. But I’m equally worried about its social development. Two recent news items really brought this home to me: “Technology and the Future of Employment” and “Ditch Gadgets For Day of Peace, Love.” We’re continually... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Time to speak up, Dr Estwick

19 April 2017

IF THERE IS ONE THING that can be said about Minister of Agriculture, Food and Water Resource Management, Dr David Estwick, it is that he can speak most vociferously on issues. When he wants to enforce a point, his intonation captures attention and evokes a smile.... Read More

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Give emigrants reason to return

19 April 2017

PERMIT ME TO COMMENT on your Editorial in the last SUNDAY SUN, which brings attention to the recent report that Barbados is losing two-thirds of its tertiary level educated students to 15 of the world’s most developed countries. This information, I understand, comes... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Worrisome rise in road accidents

18 April 2017

THE SPATE OF, and the spike in, vehicular accidents on our roads must be worrisome to even the casual observer. We have already surpassed the number of fatalities so far this year than what we recorded for all of 2016. More worrisome is the number of traffic accidents... Read More

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ALL AH WE IS ONE: Business makeover

18 April 2017

WHEN THE UNTESTED SON of a St Lucian businessman, Allen Chastanet, emerged as prime minister of St Lucia in the 2016 election, I was one of the few people who warned against the creeping takeover of politics by limited business-types, who had been sidelined in the march... Read More

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‘Waterford U’ under threat

18 April 2017

WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING at Combermere? The harmful effects of the current experiences on that school will be seen five to seven years hence. Meanwhile, it seems as though there is no end to the systematic efforts to destroy “Waterford University” (I have been reliably... Read More

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