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From little child to adult – cum loving family

From little child to adult – cum loving family

Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. –– Proverbs 23:22. The spike in negative reporting and commentary on our very young in our schools in recent weeks will perhaps run into a wall of greater positiveness in the course of this month. As ridiculous and […]

Of ayes, nays, absenteeisms and abstentions

Of ayes, nays, absenteeisms and abstentions

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has everything to gain and virtually little to lose in this her third no-confidence motion aimed at the ruling Democratic Labour Party Government. Some will argue: what is the point? The Opposition Barbados Labour Party possesses inferior numbers in the Lower House, and since this prevailing political situation does not resemble […]

Heavy cross of Education Minister Jones

Heavy cross of Education Minister Jones

Sometimes, during the normal course of human relationships with their usual ups and downs, an unfortunate situation can arise that is commonly described as the point of no return. Put simply, it means the relationship has suffered irreparable damage in terms of loss of trust, respect and confidence. As a result, the likelihood of salvaging […]

An intriguing US election for president

An intriguing US election for president

Under the fixed-date American election system, voters across the 50 states will go to the polls on November 8 to elect a successor to Barack Obama, the first African American president who is barred from seeking re-election because he has served the maximum two terms allowable. Meanwhile, the country is nearing the end of the […]

Faux pas cum folly vs the facts

Faux pas cum folly vs the facts

In Jonathan Swift’s highly instructive classic Gulliver’s Travels, Lemuel Gulliver travels to Bainibari and finds a people pursuing certain causes without the requisite thought. Though their academic search was supposedly scientific, Gulliver was hard-pressed to find reason behind their attempt to extract sunbeams from cucumbers, or their efforts to uncover political intrigue by sifting through the […]

What is so secret about a public issue?

What is so secret about a public issue?

Building contractor Al Barrack has finally collected from Government all the outstanding moneys he was owed for constructing the controversial Warrens Office Complex that today houses an assortment of Government ministries, departments and agencies –– among them the National HIV/AIDS Commission and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. Anyone who has closely followed the ten-year-long saga, […]

We all must be exemplars to our charges

We all must be exemplars to our charges

We were incensed by today’s report of a stabbing at one of this island’s secondary schools –– and hope you were too. Regrettably, violence at school is becoming far too commonplace; and, coming on the heels of the recent altercation between a student and a teacher, as well as other reports of incivility, outrage is […]

Doing PR is not the role of the media

Doing PR is not the role of the media

There exists among certain interest groups in Barbados, especially the “political class”, a fairly common but erroneous view that the media’s role includes performing a public relations function on their behalf. We saw a good example of this last weekend when Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite publicly chided the local media for not defending the international […]

We’ll point the illegal dumpers out every time!

We’ll point the illegal dumpers out every time!

It’s becoming harder to escape that which would blemish and blotch beautiful, beautiful Barbados –– the loads of garbage lining the streets, blowing across the street, scurrying across the beach sand, clinging to wire fencing everywhere, and even being dumped surreptitiously under cover of obese bush and slender leggy grass. It is bad enough being […]

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