21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne is the island’s latest murder victim to date. Alleyne, a cousin of Rihanna’s, was shot and killed on Boxing Day. Based on my count, the total number of murders for 2017 is at least 31 persons. The emphasis on my count is important because figures on the Nation and  Barbados Today…

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Massy and ANSA McAL are two of the largest conglomerates operating across the Caribbean (and beyond in some cases). In 2016, revenue for Massy was $1.7 Billion US Dollars with a total of 12,000 employees. ANSA McAL’s revenue and head count for the same period was $892 Million USD and 6,000 employees respectively (revenue figures…

Read More If Conglomerates Were Countries: Comparing Massy and ANSA McAL with the Caribbean

The price of gasoline and diesel in Barbados changed effective December 4 2017.  Based on the historical data I collected, this was expected. Fuel prices have changed every month over the last few years and usually within the first week of a new month. For December 2017, gasoline moved from $3.19 BDS to $3.27 BDS…

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Thanks to the IMF’s Historical Public Debt Database and a special request: Public Debt as a % of GDP for Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica 1980 to 2012: Also, a question coming out of the above chart: What was going on in Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica – from a macro or big picture point…

Read More Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica: Debt as a Percentage of GDP, 1980 to 2012

The objective of today’s post is to locate, explore and compare/contrast historical data re: Public debt as a percentage of GDP for several Caribbean countries. First, we have to find the data: The Google query “debt to gdp imf” brings us – ironically – to the IMF (Barbadians take note). In particular, the query leads us…

Read More Barbados Public Debt as a Percentage of GDP 1980 to 2012