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It’s the economy stupid

Almost thirty years ago, James Carville, one of former U.S. President Clinton’s election campaign managers coined the expression, “The Economy, Stupid”.  He was satirically making the point that the 1992 U.S. presidential election should be appropriately contested on policy ideas aimed at improving the economy and paving a pathway for prosperity. That election campaign took place […]

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Moving beyond deadlock

To the average Barbadian, secular politics is associated with intrigue, conspiracies, manipulation, treachery and other dastardly acts. What may be surprising, especially for those looking within the four hallowed walls of the church for purity and perfection, is to learn that pretty much the same sometimes can be found there too. Sad to say, anyone […]

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A world less safe: Caribbean not immune

Events affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of United States president Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries. They are not. One of the first effects will be a rise in oil prices which has already reached US$77 a barrel and is forecast to […]

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Gender politics in trade unions

The history of the trade unions would suggest that the leadership has tended to be a male preserve. Some would question why this continues to be so when at the same time, the evidence points to a workforce that is dominated by females. The issue of gender politics in trade unions has remained a topical […]

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Headaches and women

What do hormones have to do with it? A bad headache can ruin your workday, strain your relationship with family members and affect your ability to exercise. Nauman Tariq, M.B.B.S., director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center, explains that changes in hormones could be among the reasons women have more headaches than men do. These […]

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Kellman defends his stewardship

The Democratic Labour Party’s Denis Kellman is defending his track record in St Lucy in the wake of calls by some residents in the constituency for a change in the political representation of the constituency. In a press release sent from his St Lucy Constituency office today, Kellman not only outlined four areas in which […]

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An exceptional mother

Mothers’ Day is fast approaching, and I wondered about who I should write.  Should I write about my own mother who has to a large extent shaped me into the mother I am today? Should I write about the ‘Mothers of the faith’, who have prayed me through many a difficult life challenge?  Should I […]

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The end of an inept government

“Worse than a corrupt government is an incompetent one, not least because having the second characteristic does not exclude the first one.” – (Victor Bello Accioly) Against a distressed society and a baulking economy, Barbados is set for a possible direction-altering outcome in the general elections slated for May 24, 2018. The current Democratic Labour […]

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A watershed election

The 2018 election will provide a watershed occasion in the annals of voting in our country since the introduction of the two-party system and the evolution of modern Democratic processes to advance the interest of the masses. The 1986 General Election was a similar watershed, when the voting power of Barbadians was expressed like an unstoppable wave to oust a government which […]

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Crying Wolf

For those who have experienced several election cycles, it is tiring to hear career politicians alarming us that every General Election is critical to Barbados’ future.  It is now a standard claim that is used by all political parties to encourage people to vote.  However, the aftermath is the same. After the election results are […]

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Leaders are positive

Do you view the glass as half full or half empty? This is a question that is often used to determine if an individual leans more towards a pessimistic or optimistic view of their circumstances. Those who will largely view the glass as half empty are considered pessimist – they generally gravitate towards negative thoughts […]

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It is not CBC it is the DLPBC

Olutoye Waldrond is correct. And what makes his published letter to the Nation newspaper on May Day on the perceived bias of the State-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) critical, is that he is a journalist by profession, a former insider with tremendous respect for journalistic integrity, but frustrated with the blatant partisanship of the corporation. […]

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Christians have the right to vote

by Pastor Floyd N. Hall Whenever general elections are due in Barbados, the age-old question comes up at some point for debate among some Christians: Should Christians take part in the democratic process and vote? Well, most Christians think they should.  And really, why shouldn’t they?  After all, we are Barbadian citizens too.  This gives us the right […]

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Lest you forget

Women didn’t always have the right to vote. It was not that long ago when the concept prevailed that, “the husband hath by law the power and dominion over his wife and may keep her by force within the bounds of duty.” As late as 1860 AD, John Stewart Mills described marriage as, “the only […]

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Good journalism is like a toothache: it hurts but it warns

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) just released its 2018 press freedom report, and, apart from two of them, the lowest mark for rated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries is “fairly good”.  The worst rated, as “problematic”, are Haiti and Guyana.  Jamaica is the only CARICOM country rated “good”. For unknown reasons, the Bahamas and Barbados are not included among […]

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An alternative to hysterectomy

This article looks at the advantages of Endometrial Ablation for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy menstrual bleeding is defined clinically as excessive menstrual blood loss which interferes with a woman’s physical, emotional, social and general quality of life. Treatment as it is now, is limited to either hormonal using norethisterone or myomectomy if fertility […]

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Leaders understand the value of their people

 May 1 in Barbados, and across many other countries in the world, marks Labour Day – a day that is synonymous with International Workers’ Day. Labour Day seeks to highlight and celebrate the tremendous achievements and contributions of workers. Its place among the bank holidays of Barbados demonstrates both its relevance and its prominence. Each year […]

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