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Being prepared when the high winds come

Being prepared when the high winds come

For many of us, yesterday’s rapid approach of Tropical Storm Harvey was just another unwelcomed interruption that we hoped would fade away as quickly as it developed and with the usual minimal effect; especially since Barbados was busy putting the finishing touches on a spectacular opening of CARIFESTA XIII, touted to be unlike any other.But, […]

CARIFESTA offers us great possibilities

CARIFESTA offers us great possibilities

Once unwelcomed Tropical Storm Harvey makes its exit, an expected 3,000 plus regional neighbours and international friends will open the region’s premier festival, the Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts (CARIFESTA) here. We extend the warmest Bajan welcome ever to all of our Caribbean brothers and sisters and special guests from further afield, as we look […]

Are we learning anything from our past?

Are we learning anything from our past?

Barbados has a fascination with studies. And reports. We have a liking for White papers. And Blue papers. And Green papers. We absolutely adore inquiries. And tribunals. And Committees. Our history is littered with Commissions of Inquiry. Moyne. Duffus. Malone. Worrell. The St Joseph Hospital. Glendairy Prison. Alexandra School. We have had the National Commission […]

Safeguarding the independence of the police  

Safeguarding the independence of the police  

For the first time since he was forced into early retirement by the Police Service Commission (PSC) four years ago on the terse explanation that it was “in the public interest”, former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin has broken his silence to speak publicly on certain issues affecting the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). While […]

An unfortunate case of being back at square one

An unfortunate case of being back at square one

It was a meeting that offered at least a glimmer of hope on a possible compromise among the social partners on the way forward for the island’s struggling economy, especially on the vexing issue of the 400 per cent increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NRSL) that was introduced in the Freundel Stuart administration’s […]

The Bolt supremacy

The Bolt supremacy

Last weekend, many of us were glued to the television in anticipation of Usain Bolt running his final solo race. Our hearts pounded and our breathing quickened in anticipation. Some of us could not watch, fearing that for once in his stellar career, the legend would be caught. He had a difficult year – his […]

Cool heads and common sense must prevail

Cool heads and common sense must prevail

The dust has settled since the 20,000 strong protest march against the austerity measures outlined in the 2017/2018 Budget and the shouting match involving Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and members of his Cabinet, trade unions and the private sector has also abated. Tomorrow in the full glare of the public as promised by the Prime […]

Time to undo the mess we all allowed

Time to undo the mess we all allowed

Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and the members of the Royal Barbados Force have a huge task on their hands with respect to the current gun-related violence. Fortunately, theirs is not an insurmountable undertaking. Indeed, we believe Mr Griffith would be the first to assure Barbadians and visitors to the island that there is no […]

This worrying crime is every citizen’s problem

This worrying crime is every citizen’s problem

All Barbadians should be horrified, enraged and ready to take a stand against yesterday’s ugly display of senseless violence that marred an otherwise bumper Crop Over Festival. That the packed Spring Garden Highway with happy revellers winding down their festivities could be transformed into a bloody scene, with thousands screaming and scampering for safety, is […]

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