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‘Building police’ need to wake up

19 May 2017

IN REFERENCE TO THE WEEKEND NATION article Bawl Over Wall (April 21, 2017), it is not only the wall we have to highlight but the bigger picture. It is about the fact that the individual is building with no consideration for the locals who have owned properties in... Read More

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Reducing cost of living for families

18 May 2017

THERE ARE MANY FAMILIES in Barbados who are living pay cheque to pay cheque and are vulnerable to major unplanned expenses. Others cannot pay all of their mortgage payments, utility bills and food expenses, and must prioritise payments. Some are cutting back on food... Read More

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Creating a level playing field?

17 May 2017

IN APRIL THIS YEAR, America’s President Donald Trump introduced a tariff of up to 24 per cent on lumber imported to the United States from Canada. He said that this measure was implemented because the Canadian government was heavily subsidising the Canadian lumber... Read More

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Spanking as a deterrent

16 May 2017

CRIMINOLOGIST CHERYL WILLOUGHBY struck the nail on its head by stating “you have to discipline according to the particular child and the particular incident”. Other people would have said, “let the punishment fit the crime”, and I have recently said, “no one fit... Read More

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Our dollar needs adjusting

15 May 2017

THE UNITED STATES DOLLAR is wildly overvalued, and our Central Bank’s stubborn adherence to a 2:1 US dollar parity is going to stall all our attempts at economic recovery in Barbados. It is nothing short of folly to have our dollar fixed to the world reserve currency.... Read More

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Living only to deny reality

14 May 2017

WHAT MAKES HUMAN BEINGS the most successful of all earthly creatures? A book released in 2013 advanced the theory that it’s our singular ability to deny reality when it’s staring us in the face. Ajit Varki and Danny Brower argued that consciousness brings no evolutionary... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: Throw light on politics and the courts

13 May 2017

ACROSS THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING Caribbean we often scoff at what is done in United States of America. We hold dear to certain precepts we inherited from Britain, even if we do not follow them to the letter of the law. So the way appointments are made to the Supreme... Read More

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Don’t let gays get our children

12 May 2017

AMBROSE CARTER, stand firm in your convictions. Do not apologise to or allow yourself to be intimidated by the many homosexual activists and their sympathisers. They typically shout their public relations propaganda, bumper sticker-like slogans and imprecise terms... Read More

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Corporal punishment a thing of the past

11 May 2017

THE PRESS SOMETIMES gets things wrong. I am hoping that they got it wrong and misreported the director of the Criminal Justice Research Unit, Cheryl Willoughby, as saying that parents should be allowed to discipline their children as they see fit. For surely Ms... Read More

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Sugar tax needs revising

10 May 2017

RECENTLY THERE HAS BEEN much debate about whether the sugar tax on soft drinks should be increased from ten per cent and, if so, whether the new rate should be 20 per cent or even 50 per cent. I support the concept of encouraging consumers to consume healthier beverages.... Read More

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EDITORIAL: The golden opportunities in sport

09 May 2017

ENTREPRENEURSHIP has been the buzzword in recent times. It is seen as the road to opportunity in a tough economy where many of the traditional avenues for employment opportunities have dried up or been severely restricted. So even as we move from a situation of significant... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Can’t get over boyfriend’s affair

09 May 2017

Dear Christine, I EXPECT TO be getting married at the end of this year to a man who I heard had an affair with a woman who had left her husband. She was even expecting a baby for him but lost it. When I asked him if it was true, he did not deny it but swore it... Read More

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Hypocrisy of developed states

09 May 2017

THIS IS TRULY an amazing world. For many years Barbados has been unable to hang even the most vicious murderers because developed countries and organisations overseas say that these men have “human rights” which we must respect. We could not send Raoul Garcia... Read More

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ALL AH WE IS ONE: Amateur Donville

09 May 2017

[A]s a politician in this country, I condemn what is going on in Venezuela. David Comissiong and all his friends ’bout here who like to preach the gospel of Venezuela, I ask them to pack their bags, get their passports and move to that country. – Donville Inniss, Cabinet... Read More

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HEALING HERBS: A natural painkiller and more

08 May 2017

IT IS IMPORTANT TO TARGET those who have forgotten the power of the woman as a herbal healer. Humbly, we must remember those women who continue to “nurse” the population with successful herbal remedies. These women can brew mysterious potions to heal anything, including... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: No future in loving married man

08 May 2017

Dear Christine, I HOPE YOU can help me to make a decision about my problem. You see, I am involved with a man who was married twice. He was a youngster when he first got married and after he and his wife broke up, she and the children left the island. He is... Read More

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LOUISE FAIRSAVE: Retirement rules

08 May 2017

THERE IS A RULE OF THUMB called the four per cent rule which can be applied to determine how much can safely be withdrawn from a retirement fund each year whilst maintaining an adequate fund balance to support future retirement years. This four per cent rule assumes... Read More

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EDITORIAL: NPC needs transparent regulation

08 May 2017

NATURAL GAS USERS in Barbados are fortunate to have had a relatively good service. The sole provider, the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC), can point with some satisfaction to the absence of persistent complaints about its operations, even though it offers a... Read More

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TALKBACK: Readers want backyard burning doused

08 May 2017

THE PRESIDENT of the Asthma Association of Barbados, Rosita Pollard, last week pleaded with Barbadians to stop the practice of backyard burning as it was a major trigger for the respiratory ailment. She said it should have been added to legislation to stop smoking... Read More

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Finding signs of hope

08 May 2017

OUR GOVERNMENT rightly recognises that people need to have a sense of hope, but mistakenly seeks this hope entirely in its own policies and its style of leadership when, it seems, our real hope for the future lies in our rejection of these very policies and style of... Read More

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WILD COOT: Full of sound, fury

08 May 2017

AN OLD SCHOOLMATE met me at the bus stop. We were trying to get to town where the supermarket prices are cheaper. “Wild Coot, you remember the time when students staged the play Macbeth in school. You remember the line said by Macbeth about the fellow who “struts... Read More

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