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The root of our political problem

So it begins. The discussion about whether the unions are right to press for a salary increase now is underway. Already we have a senior Government minister labeling the ‘young’ union leaders as aggressive and seeking to dismiss them. Permit me a counterpoint on the current Government’s discomfort with youth empowerment before we examine the call […]

Bad agreement for the Caribbean

Bad agreement for the Caribbean

Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, head of the European Union delegation to the region, has recently publicly challenged my assessment of the region’s trade agreement with the EU. The trade agreement is called the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and I determined that it was not in the Caribbean’s favour. Ambassador Tramacere recited several parts of the Agreement […]

Embrace our youth!

Embrace our youth!

Barbadian culture actively promotes the participation of children in Kiddies Kadooment. From a tender age, young children can don costumes and parade at the stadium, as part of the annual Crop Over season, in front of patrons, dancing and wukking up if they so choose. In addition, this culture promotes a Junior Monarch calypso competition […]

Suggestions for improving education

Suggestions for improving education

In the recent Estimates debate, much attention was justifiably paid to education and, for the most part, Minister Ronald Jones was given a passing grade for his efforts to ensure that Barbadians were provided with an acceptable level of education and training. I support many of the sentiments expressed in the debate, but would like […]

Rejecting youth, pillorying women?

Last week, Barbadians were exposed to several alarming political utterances when Members of Parliament (MPs) debated the Appropriation Bill 2017. Barbadians heard frantic reactions to the state of the nation’s affairs. The Bill was theatrically delivered by MP Christopher Sinckler, arguably, the most unpopular Minister of Finance in the history of Barbados. The gravity of […]

Goodbye, Derek Walcott!

One of my absolute favourite poems is Derek Walcott’s The Schooner Flight – the opening poem in the Walcott collection entitled The Star-Apple Kingdom. This classic Walcott poem is an extended meditation on the predicament and promise of our Caribbean Civilization as manifested in the tragic life story of Shabine – a “red nigger who […]

Walcott: Caribbean colossus

Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such as way as to magnify it. Not only did give our landscape a certain epic status; he conferred on it deific significance. As perhaps, only the fallen Taino, Arahuacan ancestors, deified before. Here is Walcott writing in […]

Carry on, young Khaleel!

Carry on, young Khaleel!

The words of a 13-year-old have never so rattled a government as much of those of Khaleel Kothdiwala, who spoke during the recently held Barbados Labour Party (BLP) rally following their March of Disgust. As true as those words were, or undoubtedly as a result of the harsh realities of the young man’s account, several […]

More cooking equipment tips

Last week, our focus was on large equipment. We spoke about ovens and refrigerators because they are the staples in the home kitchen. However, we must bear in mind that the world of large equipment is much bigger than we may imagine, especially when we are dealing with industrial or commercial kitchens. For example, tilting […]

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