Category: Column

Relationships matter

Relationships are key in all aspects of life. Perhaps this is something that we have lost in our busyness. I remember when we were children, my dad used to make it a point to take the family to visit family friends on Sunday evenings. While I didn’t realize it then, he was building relationships and […]

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No vigilante action in the Americas

A furore surrounded Luis Almagro, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), after the Associated Press (AP) reported him as encouraging military intervention in Venezuela to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The AP, on September 14, reported Almagro as saying: “With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, […]

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Living with Endometriosis

While a range of treatments for endometriosis exists, there are limitations on their effectiveness: drug therapy carries a dependency on continuous usage; and there are risks of surgery with a 40 per cent probability that this invasive handling would not work. This leaves most women who live with this condition with some semblance of its […]

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The Escazú Agreement

Our societies increasingly demand more and better access to adequate and reliable information, along with more and better opportunities to participate in a meaningful way in the decisions that affect them. To support this shift to a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development, the Latin America and Caribbean region today has an unprecedented multilateral instrument: […]

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Praise, worship, fashion and theatre

The annual September dinner and talent showcase of the Shekinah Gospel group – a church outreach and help centered ministry – held at the Community Worship Center Church of the Nazarene on Madison Street, in Brooklyn, New York, did not disappoint. It was a three-hour praise, worship and celebration of faith, a thank you to […]

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Rihanna champions right to education

Education is a lifelong journey. We never know everything, but we constantly evolve as we learn more about our communities, this ever-changing world and ourselves. I’m not ashamed to say I’m still learning. I’ve grown tremendously as an individual through my formal education as well as the global education I have received by travelling the […]

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The big bad bullies

I think we are in the first phase of austerity in Barbados. The Government has announced some of the measures to be taken and hinted at more to come. I understand that dollars have to be adjusted to address the four problem pillars of debt, fiscal tightness, foreign exchange deficit and credibility in our economy. […]

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GDPR: A good choice

On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force. This is a tool designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect EU citizens’ data privacy and to trigger more secure individual data privacy amongst organizations working with personal data of EU citizens. The GDPR not only applies […]

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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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