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Using technology to improve mental health care

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. In fact, nearly two billion people suffer from mental illnesses every year. Furthermore, those who live with severe mental illness are more likely to face chronic medical […]

Topping up Trinidad and Tobago

Do you find yourself hankering and hounding after Digicel and B-mobile top ups? After NP and Unipet top-ups? After WASA and Tand TEC top-ups? And Price-Mart and Tru-Valu top ups? And that your entire life is spent trying to earn income to fulfil these important top-ups? Well, fret no more. The sun is here. It […]

Gathering to remember or forget

The Government is encouraging Barbadians overseas to remember their roots and gather in Barbados next year. This is a good initiative. However, we should correct a fatal flaw in our culture before they arrive. If we do not, then we risk reminding them of why they left. We have a conscience to guide us in […]

Innovations to combat climate change

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face. Natural disasters and extreme weather events are making it more difficult to grow crops, raise animals and earn a living as we have done in the past, and rural areas across the world are feeling the effects most acutely. There is hope, however. Rural communities […]

Sticking to principle of “one country, two systems”

Recently, extreme demonstrations and riots have been taking place in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Confusingly, some certain western media have avoided mentioning the calls for “ending violence and restoring order” by the vast Hong Kong SAR citizens. Instead, they spared little words on the rule of law […]

The financial side of marriage – Part I – Child maintenance

The objective of this brief article is to simply and concisely provide an overview of the factors a Court will consider when determining the issue of the sum to be paid as maintenance for a child of a marriage. It examines the financial side of marriage when the marital relationship breaks down and the obligations […]

Resist the UN being held to ransom

The United Nations (UN) is facing a severe shortage of cash, and, according to its Secretary-General, António Guterres, “the Organization runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month (October) and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors”. This is because 64 of the UN’s 193 member states have not […]

Starting point and new journey

October 1st is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. On October 1st, 2019, H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the PRC, delivered a keynote speech at the grand rally in central Beijing to celebrate and commemorate this historic moment. […]

In the cause of healthy living

Students and staff of The St Michael School took to the streets today to advocate for Childhood Obesity Prevention. Wearing games clothes, sneakers and holding placards in hand, over 800 students walked through the environs of the Martindale’s Road, St Michael institution, to bring awareness to childhood obesity, an issue that has been the centre […]

Barbados scholar turns to self enterprise

There are currently many second generation Barbadians in the UK who, through sheer ability and ambition are flying our flag with great distinction. Barbados TODAY met Annette Clark who fits the aforementioned classification. Born in South London in 1977, the daughter of Vincent and Onelle Clark of Sandford, St Philip moved to Barbados in 1985. […]

To the girl child

Today is International Day of the Girl Child and I want to pen a missive directly to each and every Barbadian girl. Oftentimes, in public discourse, we talk about youth. We talk around them and due to the gender equalities that condition every element of the life of girls and women, this is especially true […]

Time to diversify Barbados’ water sources

“The grass is green but there is no water in the ground”. That was and continues to be my constant refrain as a hydrogeologist as friends and family call and WhatsApp me for my opinion. Over the past several months, I’ve listened and read with intent regarding the water situation in Barbados, where several of […]

The hug that went viral: an outrage or a moment of grace?

By now everyone has seen the viral video of Brandt Jean in the courtroom tearfully forgiving and hugging Amber Guyger, the police officer convicted of murdering his brother, Botham. The video has been met with mixed reaction and understandably so. For many people, it was an inspiring moment of grace. For others, it was a […]

Be not afraid

Greta Thunberg of Sweden gave an impassioned speech at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 last month in New York. Among other things in her maiden speech, the teenager thundered, “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words… We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can […]

Come to blockchain

The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (MIST) is onto a good thing in raising and putting its “army” of digital natives to work. These are volunteers who worked at the just ended, very successful SMART Barbados Week to facilitate the smooth running of the event and are expected to play a leading role in […]

The Data Protection Bill and the Barbadian Private Sector

by Dean C. Forbes, Gabrielle Whitehall and Jan Yves N. Remy Today, more than 120 countries have privacy and data protection laws or regulations in place. Many of the new or modernized laws tend to be based on comprehensive legislation, rather than sectoral rules, as data needs to move across industry groups and borders. With […]

Breast cancer signs

A breast lump or mass is just one of the possible signs of breast cancer in men or women. Breast cancer can cause several additional changes to the skin on and around the breast. Anyone who notices any of these changes should see a doctor. In some cases, breast cancer may not cause any symptoms, […]