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Of failings and our authorities

In days of yon, when democracy was alive and well in this gem of a land we affectionately call ‘Bim’, as a citizenry we were guaranteed to hear from our leader from time to time. But that was also when West Indies cricket meant more to administrators and cricketers than simply the bottomline. Alas! In [...]

No use pointing fingers

Oh what a tangled web we weave! The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is in a crisis of unimaginable proportions, even peril, after dreaded confirmation came today of a strong backlash from peeved cricket authorities in India. In the wake of a controversial decision by players to abandon their tour of India at the end [...]

Must we now wait for Trinidad’s call?

The revelation made last week by Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of National Security Gary Griffith that more than 7 000 Barbadians were living in that neighbouring Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country illegally seems to have taken many Bajans by surprise. No doubt many would have been fooled into believing that it is only Guyanese and Jamaicans [...]

Again it’s the cricket that suffers

How complicated this summer game of flannelled fools has become. Cricket’s age of innocence has long passed. The big bucks escaped Headley, Weekes, Worrell and Walcott. Sobers perhaps brought his wizardry several generations too soon. They were loyalists in a time when loyalists weren’t really paid. We are now in the era of the Indian [...]

We make ourselves their meal

We Barbadians are a dirty lot. And it comes as no surprise that cases of chikungunya are on the rise and perhaps destined to continue. Health officials say there are 49 confirmed cases and 200 suspected instances of the virus. Of course, these are reported cases. Officials have admitted that some Barbadians are self-medicating, thus [...]

Clear and present danger

While one might be able to pray or talk one’s way into paradise, it is highly unlikely that expressions of confidence and statements of intent alone from local authorities will prevent the Ebola virus from reaching Barbados’ shores. We cannot do enough to prepare ourselves for the likelihood that Ebola reaches these shores. Our airport [...]

Where millions equal peas and soap

Eleven years ago a number of interesting determinations related to sentencing came out of Barbados’ Court of Appeal in the matter of the Queen v Kurt Ricardo Skeete, deliberated before then Chief Justice Sir David Simmons and Justices of Appeal Frederick Waterman and Peter Williams. The Director of Public Prosecutions had referred to the Court [...]

BCA’s noise echoes its silence

In conversation with scientist Baron von Humboldt in the early 19th century President Thomas Jefferson is reputed to have said that when a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public property. Somewhat earlier in our history the Dalmatian-born Roman theologian Saint Jerome posited that though God can do all things, He cannot [...]

Malala’s Message

The story and accomplishments of Pakistani MalalaYousafzai are inspirational. A 16-year-old girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen on October 9, 2012 for campaigning for girls’ education in her homeland and miraculously surviving the potentially fatal shooting; recovering to continue her activism; and now, two years later, having the distinction of the youngest Nobel [...]

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