Category: Column

“Bajan Broughtupsy” delights in Brooklyn

According to Negus Adeyemi and Empress Poetry, the founders and organizers of the Bajan Broughtupsy – a Barbados pre-Independence cultural concert – the 4th annual affair was an evening of fun and laughter, well attended, and surpassed expectations.    Held last Saturday afternoon at the Black Lady Theater in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the event – […]

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Cannabis – legalize or not?

Over the last 30 years, few substances have elicited such stigma and polarizing debate among political, social and medical groups as cannabis has. But could legalizing cannabis be of social, medical and economic benefit to Barbados? I believe it could. The main active components found in the cannabis plant are cannabinoids. These are a diverse […]

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Identity and dignity lost with the CCJ

The referenda, held individually in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, on replacing the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on November 6, were lost for the same reason that Brexit succeeded in the United Kingdom. The governing political parties in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, like the […]

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The sweet truth – children at risk

In addition to oxygen, glucose is another important need for our brain function. It is the primary fuel for neurons to work. It is for this reason neurons store up glucose and need to constantly receive it from our body’s blood supply. Normal brain function requires 80 – 180mg of glucose per 100ml of blood. […]

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In decision making, leadership by expanding ownership matters

I have always believed that the best way to manage an entity is to act as if you were the owner. I believe that this attitude gets the best results. It does not mean that all decisions are the best, but I am convinced that it is the best option. I think that I have […]

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Education for economic growth

The time has come for us to evaluate the extent to which we have fully optimized the benefits of free education. The question to address is how can a developing country like Barbados, which spends six to seven per cent of GDP on education, translate this into economic growth. For this to be achieved, we must […]

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Licensing Authority and the CCJ

There are two issues on my mind this week and I suppose both of them are the micro and macro equivalents of how adept we have become at governing and how we view our ability to govern ourselves after the first half century of having fought for independence. Let me begin with the micro first […]

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Cowards of the highest order

Some soldiers are so terrified of the horrors of war that they intentionally harm themselves so that they can be transported away from the battlefield and receive priority medical treatment. I am very sympathetic to soldiers who have been prematurely deployed to the battlefield. A properly trained soldier has accepted the responsibility of defending citizens, […]

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Managing old age risk

One of the greatest threats to our way of life is the ability of our elders to take care of themselves, after they stop working. It is a critical concern that I believe we are not having mature conversations about. I want all of you to sit down with your families and discuss what you […]

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Deepening ties with South America

I spent last week in Santiago, the capital city of the Republic of Chile. I have always been thrilled by the South American continent. For me, it presents a world of diversity and beauty. I have visited a few of the countries that make up South America and while I have not ventured beyond their […]

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The lure of cybersex

What if you hide but nobody seeks you? In its vastness, cyberspace lets you remain as hidden or seen as you wish. It is a place of wonder, risk and discovery. You are in control of who seeks you. You decide whom to interact with. Losing interest in someone? Just block them. Ultimate choice, ultimate […]

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Rwanda, Cuba and Bolivia

At face value, these three countries seem to have very little in common aside from all being part of the developing world and being defined by poverty and underdevelopment. They are from two different geographical zones, with populations, which in many respects are dissimilar, and defined by different ideological orientations. So, why would I lump […]

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Thriving in uncertainty

As we continue to experience uncertainty in our economy, I am reminded about the research I came across several years ago that was carried out by Stuart Read, who was Professor of Marketing at IMD business school in Switzerland. He found that in times of uncertainty, expert entrepreneurs took action based on what they had […]

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A Caribbean Secretary-General for the OAS

It’s time for a Caribbean Secretary-General of the Organization of American States. Over the last 70 years, since its formation, the OAS has had ten Secretaries-General and one acting Secretary-General. None have come from the Caribbean even though Caribbean countries started being members of the organization from its inception in 1948 (Haiti and the Dominican […]

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The upliftment of the workforce

Thanks largely to the efforts of trade unions, workers now enjoy numerous improved conditions of employment, wages and salaries and social security benefits. The established social platforms have made a world of difference to the conditions of employment of all categories of workers. Those most vulnerable have been offered a level of social protection. Despite […]

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Troubling numbers

The issue of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) continues to be a priority for the Ministry of Health and Wellness and it has put a significant level of resources and effort into addressing them. Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Arthur Phillips stressed Government’s commitment to controlling and preventing NCDs today when he delivered the feature address during […]

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Feminism or no?

One of the real dangers of being an advocate or activist for any cause is that you put yourself up as a kind of best example for public scrutiny. At least in my naïve world, being an activist or advocate requires trying to live a personal life that adds credibility to your cause. I do […]

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