Category: Column

Perpetuating the harm

The safety of our children is Barbados’ most important mission-critical item. The Hon. Kay McConney is the Minister responsible for telecommunications, and our children can be helped by her action or harmed by her inaction. The last (DLP) administration approved our children’s use of cellular phones in our schools. There are many benefits to this […]

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The plight of the Uighurs

The Uighurs or Uyghurs are a Turkic ethnic group who live in East and Central Asia. Today, an estimated 15 million Uighurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (East Turkistan) of the People’s Republic of China, where they are one of 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities. Uighurs primarily practice Islam. Like many populations […]

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Tenure and academic freedom

“The philosopher strives to find the liberating word, that is, the word that finally permits us to grasp what up to now has intangibly weighed down upon our consciousness…”  (Ludwig Wittgenstein) So last week, a former student of mine who read the previous two articles sent me her unadorned views on them. In a nutshell, […]

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Biting the bullet

The public service is vastly over-staffed and we are probably getting on average no more than 20 per cent value from each employee. Productivity is abysmally low. Let me hasten to add that this is not the fault of the civil servants. Most I have known in my 30 years in the civil service are […]

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Endometriosis an enduring pain

It is a scourge of many women but because of its very nature, menstrual pain makes sufferers endure in silence, some missing school, work and social functions and they rarely offer explanations at the risk of job loss or social exclusion. Such is the fact of this cyclical pain that generally begins in some girls […]

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Bajan scenes in oil, pastel and water colours

The two-hour opening of Moods and Expressions (A Caribbean Sensation) – a three-day art exhibition held at the popular Jamaica Arts Center, in Jamaica Queens, turned out to be an evening of smiles and laughter. Appreciative patrons engaged the artists in deep conversation in a noisy and friendly atmosphere. Nigel Pierre who displayed a water […]

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Safeguarding your children online

Pros and cons of the Internet Smartphones in classrooms? We can weigh the advantages and disadvantages. However, what must not be overlooked is the significance of our children being connected. Digital literacy as well as digital citizenship are two key components in their future development in a digital society. To deny them access to the […]

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Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice

Startlingly, eight of the ten Commonwealth countries that still cling to the Judicial Committee (JC) of the Privy Council as their final court of appeal are Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states. Forty-three of the 52 remaining Commonwealth countries (not counting Britain) have long since left this hang-over from British colonialism. These countries include Canada, Australia, New […]

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Dumping and domestic violence

Even as there are jingles about cleaning up Barbados swinging into high gear across the radio it feels like we are losing the battle against illegal dumping. I am realizing a kind of behaviour that I have never associated with the Barbadian psyche and the Barbadian way before. What is the thought process involved in […]

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Ode to teachers

Most days I enjoy being a doctor. I am not sure that there is anyone who enjoys his or her vocation every day, and if there is such a person kudos to you! There is a thrill I feel chatting with my patients, watching them improve their health, whilst achieving goals and targets. I also […]

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Integrity in governance and campaign financing

Protection of the political process is critically vital to the preservation and development of our democracy. The reality is that corruption has the potential to derail the aims of any democratic system. Therefore, the need exists to fortify the architecture around our politics and governance. Ours is a representative type democracy still very much in […]

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Deep sea treasures

“And it is He who subjected the sea for you to eat from it tender meat and to extract from it ornaments which you wear. And you see the ships plowing through it, and [He subjected it] that you may seek of His bounty; and perhaps you will be grateful.” It was on the campaign […]

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Reforming the NHC and national housing

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home”. – Confucius Maslow’s hierarchy of needs describes the most basic human physiological needs as food, water, warmth and rest; which are interpreted as food, clothing and shelter. Given that shelter or rather housing is the least mobile of the three and we always […]

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Seven types of men to avoid

My friend Kelenna Browne suggested that I write this week’s column topic. This week, we discuss the types of men women ought to avoid. We women often ignore the many red flags and formulate stories from our expectations and confuse these stories with reality. With the assistance of some close friends, below is a compiled […]

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Global hunger continues to rise

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and UN partner agencies (IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO) have just published the 2018 edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger. The absolute number of […]

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Mealy mouthed and bigotry: absolute or relative freedom?

“No society is really anxious to have that kind of person around…” – James Baldwin James Baldwin argued that having academics around is the only hope for society and in many respects he may be right. Alex de Tocqueville who supported that view also contended that French intellectuals had a potent role to play in […]

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The Black must be discharged!

Racism was the bedrock of European colonialism in the Caribbean. The subjugation, oppression and exploitation of African people as ‘sub-human’ was justified by colonial powers based on race and colour. A crucial fixture of the architecture of racism and oppression in British colonies in the Caribbean was a judicial system that assigned black people to […]

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