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When the risk to our health is simply too great

When the risk to our health is simply too great

The health of a nation arguably has some bearing on the wealth of a nation. A healthy nation has citizens who, for the most part, are in good physical and mental shape which makes them capable of producing at a high level. By all accounts, Barbados is becoming an increasingly unhealthy nation as a rising […]

The writing is already on the wall

The writing is already on the wall

Picture this. Ottawa 1961. The then Governor of the Bank of Canada James Coyne is at odds with the monetary approach of the Diefenbaker government. The situation led to the Progressive Conservative cabinet’s request for the Governor’s resignation, a demand which he blatantly refused. The affair would become a public controversy involving opposition parties, the […]

When our systems are out of sync

When our systems are out of sync

There’s a glaring anomaly emanating from the halls of this island’s premier financial institution at Church Village that begs correction. In no way is that issue the acrimonious divorce proceedings underway between Central Bank Governor Dr Delisle Worrell and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler – for like all broken marriages, it’s now up to the […]

To lose one is just one too many

To lose one is just one too many

We are into the exciting season of athletics. It is a time when our children demonstrate their prowess and promise on the track and field at the National Primary Schools Athletics Championships (NAPSAC) and the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC). Several of those who have passed through these nurseries have gone on to represent […]

Towards a deeper understanding of love

Towards a deeper understanding of love

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of What the world needs now is love, sweet love No not just for some but for everyone.” These words constitute the chorus of a 1965 pop music hit, written by Hal David, arranged by Burt Bacharach, […]

When Govt no longer has confidence in the Governor

When Govt no longer has confidence in the Governor

Confidence is arguably the single-most factor which influences economic growth in a country. And the task of creating and maintaining an enabling environment for such growth to occur always falls to Government authorities through the choices they make in determining the kind of policy framework to be adopted. When the level of confidence in an […]

When a passport becomes a badge of shame

When a passport becomes a badge of shame

The thought of an Iranian fugitive from justice moving seamlessly almost anywhere in the world on a Barbadian passport which he bought for tens of thousands of dollars, would likely send shivers through the spines of virtually every Barbadian. Or that of a former Nigerian minister who had been indicted by her own house of […]

Hearing the cries of our nation’s youth

Hearing the cries of our nation’s youth

There’s been a deafening silence about a tragedy that occurred in the heart of our island last Friday night. 16-year-old Chante Yarde apparently took her own life at her Britton’s Hill home. While many of us may never have crossed paths with her, it is nevertheless a loss to lament. It’s heartrending that among us […]

Trained folly and soup at Combermere

Trained folly and soup at Combermere

 Late Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson, while sitting in Parliament as Opposition Leader, once famously stated that the seemingly never-ending fishing dispute between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago could be amicably settled over a bowl of soup at Consett Bay. We suggest that the departed Combermerian’s intent was not to belittle the importance of the […]

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