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When should we really pull that plug?

About nine years ago, 17-year-old Briton Steven Thorpe suffered multiple injuries in a car crash and was placed in a medically-induced coma. Doctors at the hospital told his parents he would never recover and asked them to contemplate donating his organs to science before his life-support machine was turned off. But his family declined and […]

Our excellence must be above a world trend

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. –– Aristotle We have no doubt that when the Greek philosopher referred to “act” in his brief words of wisdom above, he meant for us to conjure up “deed”. And it is for that very reason we suggest the imagery […]

But how are these folks serving us?

One of the noticeable occurrences during the height of the Nigerian students saga in the island was the resurfacing of the Commission For Pan-African Affairs. Created in 1998 ostensibly to establish cultural linkages with the African continent, promote African awareness and develop cultural industries, among other lofty ideals and intentions, it was seen by some […]

Can’t we keep the politics out of the court?

The doctrine of the separation of powers, which divides the three branches of government –– the legislature, the executive and the judiciary –– is sacrosanct. And long may this principle be upheld as a pillar of good governance! In recent days, we were served with powerful reminders of why politics and the judiciary must remain […]

This wallowing by Dems simply will not do

Last week the Freundel Stuart administration delivered two master strokes. The first was the announcement of the approval of $3 million in study grants for UWI students. The second was the announcement by the LIAT shareholder governments that Barbados will become a primary hub for the airline . . . . These two initiatives show […]

Putting our Bajan music on record

With the Crop Over Festival just over three months away, organizers and the other stakeholders could perhaps look at fresh ways of preserving more of the music that emanates from this annual event. It has long been accepted that much, if not most, of the music produced in the calypso tents is lost every year. […]

On winning crowds; finding cricket’s soul

In his seminal book Beyond the Boundary, CLR James wrote of the unfulfilled promise of the black wicketkeeper Piggott. He spoke too of the character Matthew Bondman, a man so crude and vulgar in everything, but with bat in hand, an exemplar of grace and style. James wrote glowingly of Learie Constantine and in referring to […]

Damn excuses, platitudes, and promises!

Today we return to the embarrassing and endemic problem of institutionalized sloth in Barbados’ judiciary. No number of public criticisms of the Caribbean Court of Justice from esteemed Queen’s Counsel of the ilk of Hal Gollop or Vernon Smith will diminish the state of affairs that seems likely to make Barbados a source of derision […]

Those times when silence is never golden

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. –– Lord Acton, British historian, politician and writer. The battle for the seat of power in the twin-island Federation of St Kitts/Nevis between the St Kitts/Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties, has thrown up nothing short of intrigue at […]

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