“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Matthew 9:17  The Caribbean is a unique diverse multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious, multiculinary, multigenre (musical) …

  “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” – Proverbs 27:12 Last weekend, while attending a  meeting in Miami, I had the unexpected opportunity for a one day visit to the Health City hospital in the Cayman Islands, as an international patient. Health City Cayman …

“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20 Successful people and organizations leverage the ideas, resources and money of others to help achieve their goals. Collectively this contributes to the holistic growth of a country. In this column, I shall share some of my experiences with …

“Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honour to whom honour is owed.” – Romans 13:7 Last week, a two-day island-wide blackout in Barbados crippled businesses, closed schools, shut polyclinics, gas stations, and airport check-in kiosks, …

“He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver.” – II Cor. 9:6, 7. On June 20, 2016, I published a column entitled “Investment Strategy”. The column postulated that the concept of the circular flow of money is pivotal to the vision of business success. Money for investment in individuals and …

THE BEAMING RAYS OF PROFESSOR PERSAUD’S VISION – BASIL SPRINGER COLUMN OCTOBER 14, 2019 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley passionately delivered the 16th UNCTAD Raúl …

“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5 The late E.G.B. Gooding (1915-1987) was a world-renowned Barbadian botanist who carried out classic ecological studies of the island. He also made significant contributions to local agriculture, including crop diversification, the introduction of onion growing and the development …

“…for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:37 On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, there was an email advising “CWI Media Advisory – Media Conference with CWI President, Vice-President and Executives. CWI invites the media to a press conference at 11am to midday on Monday, …

    “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” –  2 Corinthians 9:6   Much water has flowed under the bridge since the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. Some of the fertile lands of the Caribbean are still available …

    “For it is not you who will be speaking – it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” – Matthew 10:20   I have been officially retired from my mainstream business consulting activity for many years and I am thankful that my mental faculties, often stimulated by mingling with the …

   “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” –  Philippians 2:3 Last week, in this column, we revisited the Singapore model and alluded to that country’s successful strategy to diversify from the traditional tourism sector. Dr. Dillon Alleyne, deputy director of the Economic Commission for Latin …

    “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”- Psalm 133:1 A Caribbean airline is vital to CARICOM development. The demand is created primarily by government, business, tourism, sports teams, education and trade. LIAT, at present, has 15 Caribbean destinations. Regional airline investment government policies are not …

    “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 At the beginning of this year, the Barbados Economic and Transformation Recovery Programme (BERT) was established and the first two main issues of (1) debt restructuring and (2) reduction of government expenditure were addressed. The third BERT …

    “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment … a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins … the wine will burst the skins.” – Mark 2:21-22   Last week we suggested that a solution-oriented leadership approach is a preventive maintenance and curative …