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Of lies, damned lies and our employment statistics

Of lies, damned lies and our employment statistics

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), currently involved in drawn-out and contentious pay talks with the Freundel Stuart administration, late last week levelled a serious charge against Government which merits official clarification. The allegation has the potential to further undermine support and confidence in the administration’s strategy for economic recovery. Speaking at the opening […]

Shame on you Mara for ‘childless’ remark!

Shame on you Mara for ‘childless’ remark!

When the French existentialist philosopher, political activist and social theorist Simone de Beauvoir wrote The Second Sex in 1949, it was one of the most important steps on the journey to women’s rights. De Beauvior wrote of the difficulty talented women had in becoming successful, and the obstacles they faced, including their inability to make […]

Avoiding crossed lines on cell phone issue

Avoiding crossed lines on cell phone issue

You could almost hear the collective cheer of students across the country as Minister of Education Ronald Jones announced last weekend that cell phones would be allowed at secondary schools when the new term opens in September. This reversal of the 2009 ban on cell phones in schools is no surprise. Mr Jones has been […]

For the sake of our children

For the sake of our children

There was much food for thought coming from Barbados’ Director of the Criminal Justice and Research Unit Cheryl Willoughby as she addressed the annual stakeholders’ meeting of the local charity, My Child and I, yesterday. Mrs Willoughby spoke on issues related to parenting, family life, juvenile delinquency and criminality, general behavioural problems and child abuse, […]

For the cause of healthy Bajan hearts

For the cause of healthy Bajan hearts

At a time when chronic non-communicable diseases are on the rise in Barbados and putting great strain on an already stretched public health care budget, non-governmental organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) play a crucial role in helping to combat the spread of these lifestyle-related illnesses through various interventions. Against […]

When former ‘King Sugar’ is waiting to be pronounced dead

When former ‘King Sugar’ is waiting to be pronounced dead

The news out of Europe this past week has not been good for cane sugar, a manufactured product that has been at the heart of the continent’s relationship with the English-speaking Caribbean for over 300 years and, at one point, was the mainstay of most regional economies, including Barbados. Bloomberg, the global financial and business […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Estimates

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Estimates

The weeklong debate on the Estimates is one that many have traditionally welcomed, if only for the simple fact that it offers important insight into Government’s spending programme for the year. And while it has never been easy to sit through hours and hours of seemingly endless political pontification, it is becoming increasingly understandable why […]

Less talk, more action on behalf of the disabled

Less talk, more action on behalf of the disabled

With the island’s economic ailments fully on the front burner in Parliament, rum shops and households, an important occasion is slipping by unnoticed. March is the Month of the Disabled, a special time for those remarkable members of our community who are more often than not taken for granted – and worse, discriminated against. For the […]

Too many guns in this town

Too many guns in this town

According to a 2012 report on gun smuggling in Mexico, an estimated 2 000 illegal firearms entered that country every day from the United States. The report noted that 40 per cent of the firearms used by drug traffickers in Mexico came from just one state alone – Texas. A more recent study has suggested […]

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