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The vulnerability of women to diabetes

The vulnerability of women to diabetes

Afflicting an estimated one-fifth of Barbados’ adult population, Type 2 diabetes is a national concern.  But what is not so publicly known is that the disease is killing women earlier and restricting them more physically, even in sex. Some aspects of the subdued suffering of women hit by this silent but debilitating non-communicable disease were […]

Community-based tourism

Community-based tourism

The tourist industry in Barbados is one of the major planks in our economy, accounting for a significant amount of employment and 12 per cent of GDP. To support this industry, the government invests a considerable portion of our national budget on tourism marketing. According to the Estimates of Expenditure 2017-2018, we spent some $181,995,401.00 […]

Our declining social system

Our declining social system

The Emperor is naked. It was time one of us shouted notice of the bare nakedness and if the Transport Board drivers by their strike action earlier this week have started the rallying call, best we answer.   Barbadians have been watching the systematic decline in their tax-provided social services network over the last five years. […]

Ballots rather than dollars  

Ballots rather than dollars  

“Very few people give big money out of love for democracy; they give it because it gets them access and influence to protect or obtain what they need and want out of ….”Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C.based research and public education organization specializing in the documentation of federal campaign contributions.  Whatever the outcome […]

Getting the journey started

Getting the journey started

Strategic steps…. Project Barbados – steps towards catalyzing a national conversation that sweeps Barbados on how we can create one vision for the future continues. It is very easy to write a vision and talk about leadership, but the real test is articulating a realistic way forward from where we are today. That is, having […]

Why the criticism of Stuart and Sinckler?

Why the criticism of Stuart and Sinckler?

I agree with the Hon. Prime Minister that the Minister of Finance has performed his role with tenacity and courage in the face of very difficult economic conditions and brutal attacks from those who have no regard for his intellectual capacity or social pedigree. It is clear to me that Mr Sinckler, being a product […]

All stressed out?

All stressed out?

We have never been more stressed. An increased focus on productivity and profitability has ensnared us in a spin cycle of overwork, exhaustion, fear and anxiety. Pressured to survive under heavy economic strain, the threat of job loss snaps at our heels. The whip is cracked. We steady ourselves and plod along, with no clear […]

A grand ‘Broughtupsy’ finale

A grand ‘Broughtupsy’ finale

Last Saturday evening, for the grand finale of the 3rd annual Bajan Broughtupsy show, New York-based calypsonian and entertainer, Archie “ Killer” Miller, changed from his earlier Independence-inspired kingly outfit into Landship attire. He ably and royally led King Tuk Rhythms through its routines. As the four-man group performed, some members of the audience stood, […]

The four Bajan seasons

The four Bajan seasons

The month of November signals the start of one of our major seasons. I am always intrigued when we talk about seasons, because we automatically think of spring, summer, autumn and winter due to the hype surrounding them, thanks to our friends up north who are pros at building up and commercializing the natural changes […]