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A reflection on CARIFESTA 2017

“When we observe calmly, we discover that everything has their fulfillment.” BASHO: Japanese Poet. Judy Layne-Banks, a Barbadian batik artist who lives and works in the Kentucky Elementary school system as an art educator, spent part of the 2018 Spring Break reflecting on her visit to Barbados for CARIFESTA 2017. Did she, as Basho does, believe that […]

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Taming your temper

“The big problem isn’t anger,” says professor Charles Carver who specializes in anger studies at the University of Miami, “it’s that it leads to action.” In spite of his wise words, the problem does simply seem to be our anger. There presently appears to be a relentless upsurge of it, with no obvious explanation for […]

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Combatting intimate partner violence 

I remember clearly when the discussion about Guyanese immigration was at its peak in Barbados. I remember the rhetoric about Guyanese women coming to take Barbadian men away from Barbadian women. The responses of the Barbadian men were instructive and worrisome to me. Many responded [saying] the Guyanese women were easier to get along with.  They […]

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The power of the spoken word

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me’. I remember hearing these words uttered throughout my primary school years as one child responded to [a hurtful comment] said to him or her by another child.  Perhaps this little rhyme itself was a defence mechanism against the painful truth that words really do […]

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Marijuana – to legalise or not?

We were told that if we wanted the youth vote, that we must agree to legalise marijuana for recreational use. Well, Solutions Barbados policies will significantly benefit the youth of Barbados. However, while we plan to allow non-addictive extracts to be prescribed by doctors for medicinal uses, recreational use of marijuana is another question. In a Solutions Barbados administration, […]

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Leaders are fearless

Life is not a walk in the park. In actuality, it is probably more akin to a walk in a dense forest or wooded area at midnight. There are so many unknowns – so many aspects of it that can inspire dread and concern. Should I take another step forward? What is lurking around the corner? […]

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Justice for Commonwealth migrants who helped build Britain

At the service themed Rediscovering Justice in Westminster Abbey last week, and which marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Revd Dr Martin Luther King Jr (News, April 6 ), my thoughts drifted to the numerous elderly Caribbean immigrants who are fighting for justice and compassion in the UK. Some have already lost […]

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A Giraffe approach to communicating with your child 

As parents we [need to be aware of] how we communicate with our children. We [must] ask ourselves whether it is lending to a relationship built on mutual respect, caring and trust. In the book, Raising children compassionately: parenting the nonviolent communication (NVC) way, Rosenberg makes a winning argument for re-focusing on the quality of […]

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China open to deepening cooperation with Barbados

From April 8-11 2018, the Boao Forum for Asia  Annual Conference 2018 themed An Open and Innovation Asia for A World of Greater Prosperity was held in Boao, Hainan Province, China. Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping delivered the keynote speech at the opening ceremony, stressing that all countries should conform to the trend of the times, [be dedicated] […]

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The Commonwealth: what’s in it for small states

Writing in the British Guardian newspaper on April 10, my colleague, Professor Phillip Murphy, the Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, recalled that for those who campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union, “depicting the Commonwealth as a huge potential trading opportunity for the UK was a useful […]

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Local asthma study entering new phase

Twenty five years ago, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chronic Disease Research Centre (now called the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre) started a study aimed at isolating the genetic factors behind the high incidence of asthma in Barbados. A quarter of a century later, that study has reached some interesting conclusions that […]

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New priorities for Barbados

Barbados continues its slide away from the normal practice of having elections every five years. Simply because one party thinks it to be the most expedient thing to secure a political victory, Barbados’ economic and social issues have been on pause. More specifically, because one man, who knows that he is first, but has seemingly […]

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Healthy communication = healthy organisation

“People” issues are perhaps the most time-consuming in any organisation, large or small. Because each person is different, differences of opinion will naturally arise. And then, there are the laws in place which dictate your interactions with employees. Communication in the workplace is, therefore, a delicate dance of management skills and motivating persons to do […]

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I know who helped me

As we canvass throughout Barbados, we normally receive favourable comments.  However, I noticed that every once in a while, a lady will note that she will listen to all, but when it comes to voting, she knows who helped her.  I look forward to those types of comments. Who helped her were the people of Barbados. Who allowed […]

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Leaders learn

In reflecting upon the word ‘school’, what thoughts or emotions come to the surface of your mind? For those persons who left school a long time ago, there may be a fond reminiscing about the ‘good old days’. For those whose departure is more recent, there may be a sense of relief and happiness that […]

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Bribery: Everyday corruption

Accustomed as we are to criticizing politicians and other state officials for engaging in corruption, we often pay little attention to, or acknowledge that corruption is deeply woven into the fabric of Caribbean society. When we do address issues of corruption, we focus on vote buying, principally around elections. While this is necessary, acts of corruption perpetuated […]

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Free ‘Lula’!

The  Caribbean  Peace  Movement (CPM) is disgusted and outraged by the latest episode in the orchestrated illicit right-wing oligarchical campaign to target and “bring down” one of the most outstanding and respected leaders of Latin America’s 21st century Socialist Movement, namely the conviction by a powerful right-wing judge of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (former president of Brazil) on […]

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