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Bringing a Budget of hope and pain

Bringing a Budget of hope and pain

 Next Tuesday Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler will stride across the yard of Parliament armed with the all important Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals. No doubt Barbadians are anxiously awaiting the measures, which will impact their everyday lives be it with trepidation or jubilation. It is an open secret that the Barbados economy is in […]

The long road to safety

The long road to safety

With the dreaded memory of 17 road deaths so far this year and the countless skirmishes recorded daily, news of coming legislative changes to make the Road Safety Act enforceable should be applauded and embraced. The move is long overdue and we are holding Transport Minister Michael Lashley to his word that the proposed amendments, […]

Accepting that the innocence is gone

Accepting that the innocence is gone

Monday night’s tragic bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people is another example of a world caught up in the throes of fanaticism, intolerance and extremism. And if history is to be used as a gauge, we are likely to see worse in the future rather than better […]

When a solution becomes a problem

When a solution becomes a problem

Whenever the products of new inventions are introduced to the market, they are almost always presented as the solution to some problem. Marketing messages draw attention to the benefits that will be derived from their use and demonstrate how these benefits translate into adding value to the consumer’s experience. When the modern plastic shopping bag […]

40 years of Sino-Barbados relations

40 years of Sino-Barbados relations

In his first address to the United Nations on the occasion of Barbados’ admission to the world body after gaining Independence from Britain on November 30, 1966, the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, our first prime minister, enunciated a policy position that subsequently became a guiding principle in this island’s pursuit of relationships with other […]

Our society needs a national time-out

Our society needs a national time-out

In a week in which several disturbing videos of alleged police brutality have been making the rounds on social media and when our politicians were trading insults over issues of homosexuality, an equally horrifying development has occurred at one of our secondary schools. The videotaped incident, which took place within the precincts of the Lester […]

Can we talk honestly about same-sex relations?

Can we talk honestly about same-sex relations?

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was observed yesterday in more than 100 countries to raise awareness about the violence and discrimination experienced by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities. In Barbados, the celebration came to the fore as the Canadian High Commission raised the gay pride flag at its […]

Transparency and accountability equal blah, blah, blah

Transparency and accountability equal blah, blah, blah

Last week at the ascension of Dr Hubert Minnis to the seat of power in the Bahamas, the new prime minister promised those two words that have virtually become a catch phrase for regional politicians – transparency and accountability. He promised his people that his would be a government where those tenets would be at […]

CARICOM fragmentation through divide and rule

CARICOM fragmentation through divide and rule

The coordination of foreign policy among member states was one of three principal reasons for the establishment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) under the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. The founding fathers obviously recognized that in a global community dominated by the rich and powerful countries, small states such as those in our region stood […]