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The changing face of tertiary education

The changing face of tertiary education

Despite a general reduction in personal and household incomes because of higher taxation, cost of living increases and continuing underperformance of the national economy, interest among young Barbadians in pursuing opportunities for tertiary education abroad is reportedly on the rise, as Barbadian enrollment at the University of the West Indies has taken a dip. According […]

The harsh reality of conception through rape

The harsh reality of conception through rape

Rape, by any stretch of the imagination, has to be a harrowing experience. Whether it is a woman, man or underage child who happens to be the victim, the experience is generally one which leaves indelible psychological, emotional, and sometimes physical scars that victims painfully carry for the remainder of their lives. This response is […]

2013 BLP ‘nightmare’ back again

2013 BLP ‘nightmare’  back again

If recent public opinion polls were anything to go by, it would seem that the next election  is a far-gone conclusion and that the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is on course for a major victory. That’s if the main Opposition party can successfully overcome a number of recurring public ‘nightmares’ that appear to […]

Sowing the seeds to food security

Sowing the seeds to food security

Agriculture is not a sexy topic in Barbados. In fact, we pay little respect to this all-important sector, never mind that each one of the seven billion-plus people on earth would all cease to exist if we have no food. Somewhere along the line when this island transitioned from an agriculture-based economy to a more “glamourous” […]

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

We do not seek to take a cynical view of the recently launched Model Guidelines For Sexual Offence Cases In The Caribbean Region, which is an expensive initiative designed to contribute to the timely adjudication and the long-term reduction in case backlog for sexual offences. Indeed, we applaud any and every effort to expedite the […]

A case for regulation of social media

A case for regulation of social media

A reality of living in the current age of social media is our daily exposure to the good, bad and ugly, often in shocking and graphic detail in both words and images, no matter where on earth it has occurred. Barbadians, fascinated with smart phones and other modern communication technologies, are actively involved in this […]

World War III looks to be in the making

World War III looks to be in the making

Is the world edging towards the outbreak of a major conflict? Rising international tensions stemming from United States president Donald Trump being at loggerheads with North Korea and Iran over their respective nuclear programmes raise such a possibility. Some commentators fear such conflict, if allowed to get out of hand, could even be the trigger […]

When good intentions seemingly go awry

When good intentions seemingly go awry

In a bid to make wrong things right, Government moved to the Senate this past week with a new bill to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. At face value, the draft legislation known as the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill, 2017, seems to be a perfectly good piece of legislation, crafted on a most noble […]

Ganging up on gangs

Ganging up on gangs

It’s an open secret that gangs exist in Barbados. So yesterday’s revelations at the National Consultation on Crime and Violence were not new or shocking, but a damning wake-up call. That gangs are becoming more complex and sophisticated is discomforting. Far worse, the warning from a criminal justice expert that the ‘Don’ culture prevalent in […]