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Let us never lose reason for optimism

Let us never lose reason for optimism

Moments of joy provided by the West Indies cricket team have not been a prominent commodity over the past two decades. Indeed, most of the satisfaction provided by our regional side has come in the shortest format of the game – Twenty20 cricket. But West Indian cricketing purists brought up on the achievements of George […]

A more pro-active crime-fighting strategy

A more pro-active crime-fighting strategy

 I stand accused before you I have no tears to cry And you will never break me Till the day I die.   These cold, defiant words, apparently directed at the justice system by a criminal, are among the opening lines of a 1980s pop hit entitled A Criminal Mind, that was written, recorded and […]

Clear sign unions not backing down

Clear sign unions not backing down

Over the past three weeks, as Barbados played host to thousands of visitors who came here to participate, first, in our annual Crop Over festival, followed afterwards by CARIFESTA which is a simultaneous celebration and showcase of the region’s finest artistic talent and culture, both events provided an opportunity for the island’s highly charged industrial […]

Will calling in the BDF really solve worrying crime?

Will calling in the BDF really solve worrying crime?

Crime is an exceptionally emotive issue.  The pain, the grief, the torture the victims of crime must go through, the emptiness that envelopes them is unimaginable. As much as we may wish to believe it, none of us can truly fathom what the mother of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Avenue Chapman Lane, St Michael […]

Churches must mount crusade to fight crime

Churches must mount crusade to fight crime

It is said that for every rum shop in Barbados, you will find a church close by. Churches abound in Barbados, of every possible denomination, scattered across these 166 square miles, and one can hardly debate that these institutions have been at the bedrock of our development. Admittedly, these days there appears to be a […]

In praise of the majority of our youth

In praise of the majority of our youth

That “white witch”, aptly described and somewhat tragically explored by Barbadian author Timothy Callender in his 1980s script on the cocaine culture in Barbados and the Caribbean, has been a pernicious intruder into our islands for decades. Its importation, distribution, and usage in Barbados have enriched a few, corrupted plenty, and destroyed many. The drug […]

Saluting our promising top achievers

Saluting our promising top achievers

Congratulations to our latest batch of Barbados Scholarship and Exhibition winners who shortly will begin a new phase of their academic journey when they enter university to pursue degree studies that will establish the foundation of future careers. Based on the results of this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), the Ministry of Education yesterday […]

Is an early general election really the solution?

Is an early general election really the solution?

Following the failure of the recent meeting of the Social Partnership to bridge the divide between Government, the private sector and the trade union movement on a commonly agreed formula for pulling the economy out of its current  difficulties, two leading political analysts have called for an early general election as the way out. The […]

Being prepared when the high winds come

Being prepared when the high winds come

For many of us, yesterday’s rapid approach of Tropical Storm Harvey was just another unwelcomed interruption that we hoped would fade away as quickly as it developed and with the usual minimal effect; especially since Barbados was busy putting the finishing touches on a spectacular opening of CARIFESTA XIII, touted to be unlike any other.But, […]