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When our own weakness for sweetness could kill us

When our own weakness for sweetness could kill us

 Fizzy and sugary beverages are tempting to many, refreshing to guzzle and easy on our pockets; but they come at a high price – be it obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, or cancer, soft drinks can wreak havoc on your health. Time and time again, medical practitioners and experts have warned Barbadians to curb their desire […]

To whom much is given, much is expected

To whom much is given, much is expected

We arrive at opinions of politicians by various means.  Several will agree that with few exceptions, they tend to mirror each other across the globe. Many will also attest that in the Caribbean, our politicians are remarkably the same. Of course, there are exceptional politicians who remain outstanding even when they are on the side […]

Time for tough action on litterbugs

Time for tough action on litterbugs

What will it take to get some Barbadians to recognize and accept that it is their responsibility — not somebody else’s — to ensure proper disposal of the garbage which they generate? Over the years, authorities have repeatedly warned about the threats to public health and other risks associated with illegal dumping. However, in a […]

Has the moment of truth arrived?

Has the moment of truth arrived?

Where does the Barbados economy really stand at this point in time? Are we still seeing light at the end of the funnel, as key Government officials told the country last year, or has that light now been snuffed out? Can we also still say that the economy has turned the curve, to use another […]

If only the audacity of Obama would endure

If only the audacity of Obama would endure

The world looked on in awe this week as the United States transitioned from a Democratic government to a Republican-led administration. But while the outgoing president Barack Obama will long be remembered for his graceful exit from the White House, the first chapter of his successor Donald Trump’s presidential novel already seems tarnished with scandal, […]

Citizens at the heart of good governance

Citizens at the heart of good governance

Barbadians have long been regarded as docile, certainly when it comes to taking action on national issues, when compared to their more assertive Caribbean brothers and sisters. Hardly would Bajans burn tyres and set up roadblocks to protest a hike in gas prices to force Government back to the drawing board, as their Jamaican counterparts […]

Exclusivity not the solution

Exclusivity not the solution

Those Barbadians who seek to present themselves for national service should always be encouraged and applauded. And to this end engineer Grenville Phillips II should be lauded for offering his Solutions Barbados as a possible third political party and a provider of answers for some of the pressing problems facing our country. However, Mr Phillips’ […]

Grasping the true purpose of Government

Grasping the true purpose of Government

Government exists to serve one overriding purpose: to promote the collective well-being of the citizenry through its various problem-solving interventions and, by so doing, contributes to the overall happiness of the nation. This interpretation of the role of government within the context of a democracy, which is the operative system here in Barbados, can certainly […]

Beware the new political dawn

Beware the new political dawn

In another 11 days, on January 20 to be exact, billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office at midday on the steps of the historic Capitol Building in Washington, to become the 45th President of the United States of America. However, the mood surrounding Trump’s inauguration stands in sharp contrast with […]

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