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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Schooldays were happy days

16 November 2016

THANKS TO FORMER journalist and veteran public relations practitioner Marcelle Greenidge, over the last few weeks I have been reminiscing about my days at primary school. Every person who knows me knows that I am a proud old scholar of Coleridge Parry School, but... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Let’s put our ideas on the table

09 November 2016

WHILE SITTING IN MY CAR last week, stuck in traffic on the Cummins section of the ABC Highway, I could not help but ponder on the reasons why every morning vehicles just crawl along in this area. The stretch between the junction at Hinds Hill and that by the lights... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Enough confusion, Dr Lowe

02 November 2016

EVERY SO OFTEN, politicians, who are supposedly intelligent people, do things that make you wonder about their thought process – then when you have to comment they want to label you as political. For a considerable period the country was ready to draw and quarter... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: House slacking with drop in meetings

19 October 2016

“I MUST TELL YOU that in 25 years of parliamentary representation that the Parliament of today and the House of today is the most poor-rakey Parliament in the history of Barbados.” Those were the words of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur as he addressed a meeting... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Criminals just plain dumb

12 October 2016

I DON’T ALWAYS AGREE with what the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) does, and I don’t always agree with the conduct of individual members of the force. For years now, for example, I have been puzzled by the way crime statistics are compiled and/or presented to the... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: When ‘Kellmanomics’ works

05 October 2016

DON’T APOLOGISE to a fella, Denis! That’s my advice to the Member of Parliament for St Lucy, Denis Kellman, in response to the criticism he has been receiving for his decision to allow his staff to open his Moon Town business last Wednesday when the island was under... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Lowe and behold . . .

28 September 2016

THE PERFORMANCE of the Freundel Stuart Government since it was elected in 2008 has not been such that even the most generous assessors would hold it up as a beacon of what exemplary leadership should be. There are a few members of the Cabinet who I would probably... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Purge system of dead weight

21 September 2016

TOO OFTEN ONE CAN’T HELP but get the impression that we are unnecessarily cruel toward each other, both at the individual and community level. The on-going failures of our criminal justice system only serve to confirm this in my mind. Last week I dealt with one aspect... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: 5 years without progress

14 September 2016

LET ME BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR up front. Nothing contained in this article is written to impugn the character of our Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson. I know nothing about him personally, and therefore can’t speak to any such matters. For all I know he might very well... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: A poor reflection

07 September 2016

I’M BACK AFTER a much needed rest and have a lot to talk about. I was going to devote all my space today to the issue of gun violence and my feeling on how we are dealing – or not dealing – with it, but I decided to put it off until next week so I can look closely... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: 2016 safest Crop Over ever

27 July 2016

WHAT I AM ABOUT to write may seem contradictory, but it really isn’t. Just follow my reasoning. A few weeks ago some idiot posted a message on Facebook suggesting there would be bloodshed during Foreday Morning celebrations. Almost immediately there was near panic... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Take care in ascribing motive

20 July 2016

I HAVE GROWN accustomed to taking blame for things I know nothing about. It is par for the course. It comes with the job. In fact, it comes with being human. Every so often, though, when I am blamed for something, I try to use it as an opportunity to teach others... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Give rural folk a break, please

13 July 2016

FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW, I have been observing the deteriorating state of roads in rural Barbados, particularly the Scotland District. I am now satisfied that if there is not a well thought out and funded rehabilitation programme implemented by Government very soon,... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Corruption abounds in Bim

06 July 2016

MANY YEARS AGO I attended the wedding of a friend. It was held at Sam Lord’s Castle, so you can understand how long ago that was. While eating dinner with some friends, one, a Bajan, who had just set up a branch of his pretty successful tourism-related company in... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Getting licks because you are small

29 June 2016

WHEN YOU LIVE in a small country like I do, very often you can’t help but get the impression that life can be most unfair to us vis-à-vis larger so-called developed countries. Such was the case with me on Monday morning as I listened to the news while driving to... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: It’s not about Mark Maloney

22 June 2016

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN in a discussion, conversation, argument – whatever – and someone screamed at you in annoyance: “Man, pick a side, nuh!” Over the years I have discovered that is seldom my problem. Instead, I appear to have this unique ability to be opposed and... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: I don’t take bribes!

15 June 2016

I’M HUMAN TOO. I’ve got challenges like everyone else – but there are some things I just will not do. Just like you, I experience some months when I have to postpone the payment of some bills – but there are some things I just will not do. I work hard and I work... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: One tough cop – but fair

08 June 2016

IF YOU GREW UP with a grandmother around, the saying “Don’t swear for a fellow” would be very familiar. The reason is obvious: you can never really know what is in a man’s heart. I am sure there are many parents in this country who have sworn that their son or daughter... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Heads up on penile donations

25 May 2016

I know that after reading this some people might be tempted to rename this column “In The Pubic Interest”, but trust me, while what I write might appear flippant, I am as serious as a heart attack. Mark my words, before long you will remember that I raised this issue... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Licensed to cry over insurance

18 May 2016

DO YOU DRIVE? Do you walk the road? Do you have family members who use our roads? Do you occasionally allow friends to use your vehicle? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this column is definitely I have known for a long time that we have a lot... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: We all make mistakes

11 May 2016

I KEEP LOOKING, but after more than a half-century I am yet to see a perfect human being. I have seen a few who display such love and care I am willing to call them perfect, although I know they are not. On the other hand I have seen many, many who go out of their... Read More

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