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ALBERT BRANDFORD: Revisit Public-Private Partnerships

29 May 2016

EACH YEAR, one of the staples of the Auditor General’s report, apart from the by now – unfortunately - routine complaints about the failure of state agencies to supply mandated information, is the focus of a Special Audit highlighting “infelicities” in Government operations.... Read More

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Report shows up flaws in procedures

29 May 2016

FOR MANY YEARS NOW, Auditors General have been reporting discrepancies and unorthodox methods in accounting at some Government agencies and statutory corporations, in instances where Government and private sector businesses enter into contracts. Also, for many years... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: Celebrating 50

28 May 2016

This is a momentous year for Barbados. Yes, we are hoping that the economy records strong growth, that more jobs are created than lost, more students pursue tertiary education, the illegal drugs problem is contained, and that there is a sharp reduction in crime,... Read More

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I CONFESS: Always be prepared for life’s mishaps

28 May 2016

IN LIFE YOU should always use the Boy Scouts motto: Be Prepared. This is particularly true when a man gets into a relationship with a woman, as things do happen and what seems to be a palace filled with sugar and honey suddenly one day turns into a small tightly... Read More

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EDITORIAL: It’s time Barbadians get real

28 May 2016

Time was when Sunday was the holy Sabbath, given over almost exclusively to church worship, prayer, religious music and reflection. Not so any more. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s calypsos weren’t broadcast on radio or television on Sundays because they were... Read More

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FLYING FISH AND COU COU: Hands off Mr Brownlin’

28 May 2016

Workers at a south coast hotel, popular for the slippers they wear, have made a special request to highlight their displeasure with some people who like to sit down near Nelson and argue every so often. These moccasin princes and princesses say it is unfair for soapbox... Read More

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SATURDAY'S CHILD: Rear research findings

28 May 2016

AS I WRITE, it is Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Tomorrow, Thursday, is a public holiday – Corpus Christi. When I was in elementary school we called it “Copper Christea” and nobody really sought to explain to us what it was about and how to pronounce it. Perhaps my teachers... Read More

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MAVIS BECKLES: Evahthing changing

28 May 2016

NOTHING AIN’T THE same nuh more. Evah single thing is changing and right before ya very eyes too. Of course duh got some people who ain’t really care one way or the other; duh couldn’t care if Sunday come pon a Monday – it is all the same tuh dem, duh gine ‘long wid... Read More

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YUH GAWH BE KIDDIN’: No place like sweet ol’ Bim

27 May 2016

BARBADOS IS ONE of the sweetest places in the world to live. Life here, though financially crippling at times, can be very easy-going and it is because Bajans are some of the sweetest people in the world, no matter how wutless we may behave from time to time. ... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Need for bail guides

27 May 2016

WHEN A RESPECTED ATTORNEY at law equates the outcome of bail applications in our magistrate’s courts to playing the lottery, the statement ought not to be ignored. When a number of his colleagues express opinions that essentially support this view it is time for... Read More

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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Breaking bad habits on the job

27 May 2016

IT CAN BE VERY difficult these days to have a good conversation with anyone at home or the workplace. That is so because so many people are caught up with modern-day technology whether at home, school and work and even church. Some people do not know when and where... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Caught between mum and mum-in-law

27 May 2016

DEAR CHRISTINE: Why do mothers-in-law and generally people who are older than you are think they know what’s best for every situation? I am 21 and married. I currently live with mother until my husband and I can afford our own place. We are the parents of a one-year-old... Read More

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Conversations on the 1816 uprising

27 May 2016

I READ THE guest column by Robert “Bobby” Morris on May 5, headlined Conversation Must Continue. He wrote: “The intention of my sermon on the 1816 uprising led by General Bussa and other Africans, as well as Joseph Pitt, Washington Franklin and other free coloureds,... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Queen’s Park facelift a timely effort

26 May 2016

IT IS ABOUT TIME that Queen’s Park gets the facelift it deserves. Constructed in 1783, it can be considered a national treasure and as such, must be treated accordingly. Every year Queen’s Park plays host to major events like Agrofest and Christmas Morning In... Read More

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WHAT MATTERS MOST: No solutions without analysis

26 May 2016

IN THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD 1990-1992, real income in the Barbados economy declined by 12.9 per cent. This is substantially more than the decline of 1.3 per cent for the eight-year period 2008-2015. Yet, the decline in the quality of life of Barbadians has been more... Read More

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AWRIGHT DEN!: Baygon and the plastic bag

26 May 2016

LIFE CAN BE SO unpredictable and harsh at times. You could have just spoken to a friend or a loved one five minutes ago and shortly after, you get a report that the person just got in an accident, was arrested, was injured or even died. What makes it harder is if the... Read More

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No manipulation of protest numbers

26 May 2016

I WISH TO PUT what I deem an important question to the Barbadian public. Given the experience, cunning, qualifications, and status of Ms Mia Mottley, do you not believe that if the planned march which took place on May 19, 2016 was about optics, that Ms Mottley would... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Should I set married man free?

26 May 2016

DEAR CHRISTINE, I am a 26-year-old single mother who recently met a man on the Internet. He told me he was separated from his wife but has two children with her. I would say that everything between us was going great until he said his wife returned home because she... Read More

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We apologise

25 May 2016

IN THE SATURDAY SUN of May 21, 2016, in the Pudding & Souse gossip column, under the headline ‘Gentleman’ gets taste of male medicine, we published an article that insinuated that a lesbian was raped by a man while she was under the influence of alcohol. Our treatment... Read More

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EDITORIAL: We welcome UWI funding initiative

25 May 2016

THE ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES facingBarbados clearly indicate one thing: no government is likely to be able to spend as in the past. This includes funding tertiary education at the University of the West Indies (UWI), even though higher education remains critical to the... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Heads up on penile donations

25 May 2016

I know that after reading this some people might be tempted to rename this column “In The Pubic Interest”, but trust me, while what I write might appear flippant, I am as serious as a heart attack. Mark my words, before long you will remember that I raised this issue... Read More

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