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It was back to business as usual for PSV operators on Wednesday after staging the second island wide work stoppage in less than a week.

APTO distances itself from egregious conduct in videos

The Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) has responded to several videos, alleged to be recent recordings of a local Route Taxi involved in very disturbing behavior on the public roads of Barbados. APTO says even though it has no expert personnel to verify the authenticity of the videos, it has information to suggest that […]

Fear not!

by Head of the EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador  Mikael Barfod Un-Cooperative Jurisdictions List Since the publication of a list of uncooperative tax jurisdictions by the European Commission on 17 June 2015, which named a number of CARICOM and other Caribbean countries, there has understandably been reaction in the region. While […]

Mia’s letter to Stuart

  July 23, 2014   The Rt Hon. Freundel J. Stuart, QC, MP Prime Minister Prime Minister’s Office Government Headquarters Bay Street St Michael Dear Prime Minister, I am writing to convey to you a formal request for the urgent rethink of the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, passed in Parliament and assented by His Excellency […]

Taxes gone to waste?

  Government has issues collecting taxes, despite their drastic increases –– the latest being the Municipal Solid Waste Tax. But what is Government doing with the money it is indeed collecting? Is it spending it prudently or is money still being wasted, with no one being prosecuted for doing so? This is what I want […]

Tax is rubbish!

  The solid waste tax is a load of garbage. First of all it has nothing to do with household waste. It’s simply an increase in land tax. I can afford to pay it, but how many people, especially pensioners, who have been struggling to own a piece of the ‘rock” with their hard-earned savings,  […]

Virtue of being on time

  The IT manager at Swiss Bank put forward a case to improve disc resilience that would have cost $100,000 to implement. His proposal was rejected.    Two weeks later the disks crashed, costing the bank over $2 million. Even though the lesser figure was a lot, it could have saved the bank a pretty […]

No God the Son!

  The Scriptures are pretty simple on this matter. They teach that there is one true God. For example, at John 17:3 Jesus said: “. . . That they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Only means one. Therefore, Jesus was saying that God is one. Then […]

Let’s focus on management

  Performance appraisals cannot be done effectively unless the organization sets specific objectives and plans to achieve these. In essence, an employee must know what needs to be done and have the tools to do it. Foremost in this activity should be the management of the organization (that is, those senior employees) whose job it […]

Truth to power not hate

  In Mr Peter Wickam’s recent article (Sunday Nation, May 25), he has become so angrily one-sided in his attempt to accuse the Christian faith and its scriptures of responsibility for slavery that he fails to face a basic fact. Let us state the hit-the-nail-on-the-head fact that makes the advertisement Speaking Truth Is Not Homophobia […]

Recall Professor Bain!

  The University of the West Indies (UWI) should reinstate Professor Brendan Bain, post-haste, as director of the Regional Co-ordinating Unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) network because he was not accused, nor was it revealed, that he had been derelict in his duties in that role. So the suggestion by Dr Carolyn […]

Levi’s error

  I was happy when I first learned that Levi Cadogan was granted a contract by Adidas as one of its stars of the future. Evidently Adidas officials have seen the potential that the young athlete has in becoming a world-class sprinter in the future, and has invested in him by honouring him with a […]

Senior Games comatose

  It would appear the current recession has so affected the 2014 Senior Games that it has slipped into a comatose state –– based on the quality of the games and number of spectators this year. Fewer than 1,000 patrons attended the games on the first day Saturday and fewer than 200 the Sunday after. […]

Beating the working into . . .

  You will have heard the statement “beating the stuffing out of . . . whatever or whoever”. What about beating “the working” into someone? Is that part of developing critical thinking, which folks in education often say is the purpose of education? The Critical Thinking Community website defines critical thinking thus: “. . . […]

The whip lives on . . .

  It doesn’t take too much rigour to discover the roots of our fascination with the whip, the virtues of which are extolled constantly by some teachers, priests, newspaper columnists, talk radio hosts, descendants of the plantocracy, parents and an army of other “grateful” Barbadians. The latest exhibition of this misguided form of correction came […]

The idea of Barbados

by Ralph E. Gonsalves   Barbados is an idea which has, over time, become manifest in reality. The idea of Barbados encompasses more than a nation-state or a national community. To be sure, it flows from a national community which has been in ownership, not residence, of an especial or particular landscape and seascape. Still, […]

'Motercycle Diaries' granted World Heritage status

UNESCO recently granted World Heritage status to the revolutionary Ernesto ” Che” Guevara”s manuscripts, otherwise known as the “Motorcycle Diaries “.

What constitutes religion?

“There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” – C. S. Lewis