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God bless the Anglicans’ way to renewal

God bless the Anglicans’ way to renewal

Despite the phenomenal growth of many new churches, mostly of the Pentecostal faith, in the last 25 years, and the subsequent loss of members to these newcomers which offer a more hyped up form of worship, particularly appealing to young people, the Anglican Church remains the single largest Christian denomination in Barbados. Born out of […]

On covering the cracks in the system

On covering the cracks in the system

A blistering Minister of Education earlier this week gave the command –– ostensibly to the principal of the Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic –– that the young males of this institution would henceforth pull up their pants once on its premises and in its classes. Understandably, Minister Ronald Jones has become weary of being confronted by […]

Playing by rules cannot possibly be wrong . . .

Playing by rules cannot possibly be wrong . . .

In the wonderful frolic played by Rudyard Kipling’s flannelled fools, there appears an illusionary concept called the “spirit” of the game that, if permitted, would transcend a written directive called a “rule” of the game. And those with exaggerated common sense, questionable intellect and suspect motive, from time to time, as the circumstances suit their […]

The cost of public sector inefficiency

The cost of public sector inefficiency

If a random survey were to be conducted today among Barbadians to determine whether their preference for employment would be in the public or private sector, it is most likely that a majority would say the public sector, especially if they happen to be under 35 years old. reasons which should be explored through deeper […]

More queries than answers about Zika!

More queries than answers about Zika!

It is virtually impossible to comprehend the torture that women in countries with the Zika virus and who are pregnant or considering pregnancy –– and their partners –– are experiencing right now, with the many warnings about microcephaly and the heart-rending pictures out of Brazil of children afflicted with the disease. The thought of bearing […]

Consequences of quite poor communication

During a Central Bank-sponsored discussion on the state of the economy earlier this week, a senior representative of a leading private sector organization raised an issue that zeroed in, simply yet effectively, on the crux of the dilemma facing Barbados at this critical juncture of its development journey. It has to do with communication. As […]

The church is for more than drug rehab . . .

The church is for more than drug rehab . . .

Just yesterday, our Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite –– at the presentation of certificates to participants of a four-month training programme in drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation –– alluded in his short address to the church in Barbados reaching out to communities in some drug prevention scheme of its own. After all, he surmised, there was […]

Enforcement of law key to effectiveness

Enforcement of law key to effectiveness

We commend the Government and Opposition for recognizing that domestic violence is, and continues to be, a problem in Barbados. We are also ready to support all their efforts in wrestling this problem to the ground. However, the Barbadian public must be made aware of certain salient points as they relate to Government’s piloting of […]

A case for axing personal income tax

A case for axing personal income tax

In a complete reversal of the former United Progressive Party (UPP) government’s fiscal policy,  the Gaston Browne-led Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) administration last week announced the abolition of personal income tax (PIT), effective April, 2016, thereby fulfilling a promise made during the 2014 general election campaign. “Abolishing personal income tax is an important […]

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