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Terrorism preparedness

The recent tragic events in Paris and the lockdown in Belgium, plus the comments of the Barbados Attorney General on the same subject, raise a number of hypothetical scenarios that suggest Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean may be not as prepared as one would like to believe. It also suggests that the entire […]

Don’t Agonize! Organize! 5

I continue to repudiate Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s often repeated admonition that Barbados is a weak and vulnerable society/economy that is caught up in an international recession and can do little or nothing about its predicament.  On the contrary, I believe that Barbados can and must bestir itself and develop its way out of its current […]

Let there be peace

 Is it the most peaceful time in modern history?  The “overview effect” is described by astronauts as an irresistible realization, upon seeing Earth from space, of the fragility and singularity of our world. National boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united […]

Sweet sounds of Christmas

You know Christmas is in the air when the people of Barbados are urged to come out in their hundreds, and even thousands, to soak in the music of the Yuletide season at various venues around the island. You also know it is Christmas when one of those entities sending out such invitations is the […]

The neglected sectors

Sports, entertainment and culture are three areas of economic activity that have established themselves in the development of industrialized countries. In countries such as the United States of America, Canada, China, England and Germany these are billion-dollar industries. It is extremely unlikely that this has come about per chance, but rather the vision of the […]

Wowed by the women

Yesterday we had our Women’s Entrepreneurship Day breakfast and all I can say is “wow!”  The women came out in their numbers and the room was full. From the excellence of my MC, Francine Charles, to the frank, down-to-earth and inspiring speech by the British High Commissioner- Victoria Dean, to the interactive panel discussion, it was a […]

A test for Mia’s leadership

However you look at it, the current crisis in the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) stemming from the bitter public squabble in the stronghold constituency of Christ Church West, is ultimately an inescapable test for Mia Mottley’s leadership of the party and her aspirations to be the next prime minister of Barbados. She can emerge […]

Beware what you eat – A second look

Last week we focused our attention on the October 14-23 E.coli outbreak, traced to the United States restaurant chain Chipotle, which led to the October 31 temporary closure of 43 of the restaurants in the US Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington. Health officials had traced E.coli contamination to meals purchased from  stores in the Portland, […]

Where is the Bureau of Gender Affairs?

Let me say a heartfelt thank you to the rotation who ran the Ultrasound Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) last Wednesday around noon. My baby got the terrible flu which is currently weaving its way through the schools of Barbados, and we ended up having to go to that department. Anyone who has interfaced with […]

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