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#BTEditorial – Is Boris Johnson good for multi-racial, multi-faith Britain?

It has now been exactly a week since Boris Johnson became the UK’s new prime minister. Given his huge popularity among the Conservative Party faithful chomping at the bit to leave the European Union – Brexit – his thumping victory in the leadership contest over former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – 92,153 to 46,656 votes […]

#BTEditorial – Love thy neighbour

As investigators poke through the ashes of Wednesday’s horrific fire, families, friends, coworkers, students, neighbours and other loved ones – and an entire nation – also struggle for answers in the wake of a Barbadian tragedy. A mother will try to go another day without seeing the faces of her two young children, Riordan and […]

#BTEditorial – Plumbing the depths of the Cave deal, bring light.

“We loyal sons and daughters all Do hereby make it known These fields and hills beyond recall Are now our very own.” – from the National Anthem  Barbadians woke up with alarm last month to the news that a tourism company, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, was being given serious consideration by the Mottley administration to run […]

#BTEditorial – Protecting a vital industry and learning lessons

There was much food for thought emanating from yesterday’s ceremony at the Richard Haynes Boardwalk, Hastings, Christ Church, where the Royal Barbados Police Force received new beach patrol uniforms compliments of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA). The relationship between the two entities dates back decades with the force’s hierarchy once designating an inspector […]

#BTEditorial – How realistic are ‘big hotel’ proposals?

“There are more questions than answers, and the more I find out the less I know.” – More Questions than Answers, Johnny Nash  In Government’s continuing efforts to rebuild our battered economy, and as an indicator that “Barbados is open for business again”, many proposals have come in for new hotel properties. Apart from the […]

#BTEditorial – The wide sargassum sea – crisis and chance

Ever since sargassum seaweed started washing up on the shores of this island, Barbados has been faced with the dilemma of viewing the stinking clumps of algae as either an economic asset or existential threat. It is neither and it is both. One thing is clear from all the available science – this is the […]

#BTEditorial – Tackling the traffic menace

The time for Barbadians to park their cars and carpool – or, better yet, ride bicycles – has arrived. There are simply too many vehicles on the road! The kinds of traffic jams currently experienced by motorists are usually reserved for when school is in session. But both public and private primary schools closed their […]

#BTEditorial – We need more parks

The National Botanical Gardens, to be opened later this year, represent perhaps the single greatest exercise in civic works for the sake of recreational but non-athletic, non-sporting activity in over a century. We commend the administration for recognising the need to pick up where it last left off – even at a time of immense […]

#BTEditorial – Reading Dickey has brought pleasure to many bookworms

When Hollis Chalkdust Liverpool produced his classic calypso Too Much Quacks more than three decades ago, his target was principally fellow artistes who he believed were doing the art form more harm than good. Back then his song did not address private or public sector media moguls or managers. Perhaps 2019 is as good an […]

#BTEditorial – Can a talent show empower the community?

Later this month, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Community Empowerment is scheduled to launch a new initiative aimed at highlighting people in the communities around the island with artistic talent that could possibly lead them to a career in entertainment. During a press briefing held to launch the programme, entitled Baje to the World, […]

#BTEditorial – Westward Ho! Guyana calling

The conference room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last Friday was packed with entrepreneurs and workers anxious to hear about the investment potential of fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state Guyana – a promising sign of both countries building win-win relationships that can reap big dividends. For indeed, business, familial, and social relations between […]

#BTEditorial – Women’s rights are equal rights. So pay them equally.

“Women’s rights are equal rights.” Twenty-five years ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton famously uttered this simple statement and its impact reverberated across the world. But the reality is that despite what seems like a statement everyone should be able to agree with, there are some aspects of our society where women are treated as lesser than. […]

#BTEditorial – Playing ‘chicken’ with LIAT

In economics game theory, the game of chicken typically involves two parties heading toward each other. The players continue on the same path, seemingly destined to collide – unless one swerves: the “loser” – who is labelled the chicken. Implicitly, it is the second, braver party who never flinches and presumably continues on its merry […]

The two suspects in last weekend’s fraud cases.

#BTEditorial – Start with an apology – then clean up your act  

The Barbados Bankers Association (TBBA) from this vantage point does not look too well in the recent scenario where thieves breached the ATM security at Republic Bank, CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and Scotiabank. At the start of this week, it was revealed that over the past weekend thieves had gained access to the accounts […]

#BTEditorial – Just another day in Paradise. Amid the homeless.

“She calls out to the man on the street – Sir can you help me? … He walks on, doesn’t look back – he pretends he can’t hear her, starts to whistle as he crosses the street, seems embarrassed to be there – Oh, think twice, it’s just another day for you and me in […]

#BTEditorial – Friends of all…

“We shall not involve ourselves in sterile ideological wranglings because we are exponents not of the diplomacy of power, but of the diplomacy of peace and prosperity. We will not regard any great power as necessarily right in a given dispute unless we are convinced of this, yet at the same time, we will not […]

#BTEditorial – The soca professionals have earned our respect

Who would have ever thought that being a calypsonian, soca or bashment artiste could become such a viable career option? Well, it definitely has. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, parents were concerned with only one thing; school work for a “good job”, usually the professions. Parents pushed their children to be either doctors or […]

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