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The WannaCry threat to the Caribbean

“Organizations who continue to run Windows XP, software which cannot adequately detect and protect your information assets, and obsolete software, will make your systems easy targets for hackers and cyber criminals, as these systems will be hardest hit as the level of vulnerabilities and exploits are high and easily available.” This is an extract from […]

Our children need rescuing

Our children need rescuing

We have some incredible young Barbadians who are excelling in music, sports, academics, culture and other arena. Perhaps we should celebrate them more and provide additional resources for their development as they are certainly doing credit to our beloved nation. Unfortunately, there are those at the other end of the spectrum who make us hold […]

The DLP’s wrong medicine

The DLP’s wrong medicine

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Christopher Sinckler will soon give what many Barbadians hope will be his very last budget presentation. The jury is out on whether Sinckler, with his broad shoulders and knack for political drama, ought to carry the blame for the numerous shortcomings of the struggling Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Prime […]

The dysfunction in our schools

While typing this, tears are building. I didn’t want to comment but this is too heavy on my heart to stay silent. As a husband, father, Barbadian and educator, my heart grieves for my country. What Barbados and the world saw of the recent beating of the female student was shocking to many but those […]

Burning the candle at both ends

We all do it from time to time. Whether it’s a night of partying and then a mad rush to work the next morning; or helping the children with homework and then trying to catch up with some leftover work from the office. Next thing you know, it’s 2:30 in the morning and you’re yet […]

The legacy of trade unions

The term legacy is one that is familiarly used to describe the contribution, impact or lasting memory of an individual, group, organization or event. The standard dictionary definition describes it as ‘something that is passed on or handed down from one generation to the next’. In reflecting on the work of the trade union movement […]

Higher probability of DLP defeat

Is there now a higher probability that the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) will lose the next general election following last week’s cataclysmic general election in the Bahamas that saw Perry Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) humiliatingly suffering the worst-ever defeat for a ruling party in the country’s history?   The answer is definitely yes. What […]

Towards a solution to Venezuela’s crisis

The horrific situation in Venezuela must be seen in the context of two fundamental but conflicting principles governing international relations: on the one hand, non-interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, and  on the other hand, the rights of people universally to have their human rights and democratic freedoms respected. The first principle […]

An OAS loss of credibility

The Organization of American States (OAS) has lost credibility as a multilateral institution capable of contributing to a resolution of the growing conflict in Venezuela. There are two reasons for this. The primary one is the hostile behaviour toward the Venezuelan government by the Secretary-General Luis Almagro. The other is the strong position, adopted by […]