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EDITORIAL: Brainstorm on problems of ageing society

03 May 2016

THE NEWS LAST WEEK that the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) cancelled its medical insurance coverage of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), in effect leaving almost 2 000 employed public officers and their retired colleagues in limbo, points... Read More

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ALL AH WE IS ONE: May Day reflections

03 May 2016

THE CURRENT MOMENT in the history of the Caribbean labour movement is without doubt the most hostile to workers since the period of the uprising of the Caribbean working class in the 1930s. Whilst before the 1930s there was no legal recognition of the right to exist... Read More

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THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Ribbing could ease the tension

03 May 2016

WE’RE ON AN old topic here. How many of us would like to get a chance to verbally roast some of our fiercest opponents? I mean to actually get to tell them what we think of them, their suggestions and how they operate in all-out, no-holds-barred speech and then at... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Paying for stupid choices

03 May 2016

DEAR CHRISTINE, I HAVE BEEN LIVING in Miami for almost 16 years and, sad to say, I have not made anything of myself so far. I have made a lot of stupid decisions that are now causing me much misery. The worst mistake I made was dropping out of college a few years... Read More

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Joseph right to champion teachers

03 May 2016

IT WAS LIKE a breath of fresh air blowing amidst the stench now pervading the public domain as it relates to the debate on teachers. I refer to Dr Tennyson Joseph’s article entitled Teacher Bashing in the April 26, 2016 DAILY NATION. Dr Joseph seems to be one of... Read More

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EDITORIAL: The right May Day message

02 May 2016

AS BARBADIANS REFLECT TODAY, May Day, on the valued contributions of the labour movement, there is reason to be satisfied with the achievements. But, this is not an occasion for fun and frolic, given the severe challenges the country faces. The traditional fiery speeches... Read More

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Stick to what you know, Rev. Massiah

02 May 2016

THE WEEKEND NATION of Friday, April 15, 2016, carried the column Outside The Pulpit by Reverend Errington Massiah, headed Petition Not Governor General’s Responsibility. It described as “nonsense and foolishness” the submission to the Governor General by residents of... Read More

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TALK BACK: Readers draw politics swords on PM’s portrait

02 May 2016

STELLA LADY ST JOHN, the widow of former prime minister Sir Harold “Bree” St John, added her voice to the detractors over last Thursday’s Tribute To The Prime Ministers ceremony where a portrait of Father of Independence and National Hero Errol Barrow was unveiled in... Read More

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HEALING HERBS: Whiff of rosemary will do you good

02 May 2016

AS PROMISED, I will continue to give parents some useful tips in the area of healing herbs to assist students who are writing exams. As usual, my social media inboxes were loaded with questions about the article published in the Monday, April 25 DAILY NATION titled... Read More

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WILD COOT: Development bank missed

02 May 2016

WHEN MY MOTHER AND FATHER had a difference of opinion, he would become silent and so would she – for a while. However, every now and then she would roam the house singing in a soft voice “tin me, ’tis you, yuh confuse,/‘tin me, ‘tis you, yuh confuse,/I wake up this... Read More

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LOUISE FAIRSAVE: Vehicle leasing

02 May 2016

THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES the scenario for consideration in this series of presentations on using debt wisely. Is the statement: “Leasing a car is a useful option if you do not have the cash to buy the vehicle or to make the down payment for the car loan needed for the... Read More

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NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE: Stop the bullying and talk

01 May 2016

ALL THESE YEARS I have been labouring under the belief that slavery had been abolished in Barbados. Now I am not so sure, if I am to be guided by the legal opinion from the Solicitor General’s Office, which is reported to have said that marking School-Based Assessments... Read More

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Clamp down on tobacco adverts

01 May 2016

IT WAS WITH GREAT INTEREST that we read your article entitled Smoke Alarm in last week’s SUNDAY SUN newspaper. We must express our strong support for the Ministry of Health and the Non-Communicable Disease Commission for their efforts in the tobacco advertisement campaign... Read More

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TONI THORNE: You have to make your own man

01 May 2016

I HAD THE privilege of spending last week in Tobago. I was invited by the Tobago Tourist Board to film for Tobago Jazz Experience. It was an unforgettable experience goat-racing, going to Nylon Pool, singing along to Lauryn Hill, visiting Argyll Waterfalls and mawlsprigging... Read More

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GET REAL: Agents of white supremacy

01 May 2016

MOHANDAS GANDHI is one of history’s most heralded and successful opponents of European colonialism. He was a hero to many, including Dr Martin Luther King. The records suggest he was also an agent of white supremacy. Not a secret agent like 007. Gandhi appears to have... Read More

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TONY BEST: Preparing for climate change

01 May 2016

NEW YORK WAS the scene of an elaborate global meeting recently. It was described by the United Nations as a “legal formality,” a requirement by the world body to implement the historic Climate Change Agreement. Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who led his country’s... Read More

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PETER WICKHAM: Brexit to Caricom

01 May 2016

ON THURSDAY, June 22, the British will vote on whether to stay in or leave the European Union for the first time in four decades and their potential exit is now affectionately referred to as the “Brexit”. The matter of the UK remaining in or leaving the EU is entirely... Read More

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JEFF BROOMES: What it means to be a teacher

01 May 2016

MANY YEARS ago I made a decision to be a teacher. As I reflect on what informed that decision I think of so many teachers who would have impacted my life and taken me to a higher place of comfort and understanding than I would have experience in my home in Speightstown.... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Planning for ageing society

01 May 2016

CHANCELLOR OF THE University of the West Indies Sir George Alleyne delivered a thought-provoking Errol Barrow Memorial Lecture last week in which he called on us to think on how our society should look at the question of the ageing population. He disclosed that the... Read More

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RON IN COMMON: Don’t make sport with your sexual health

30 April 2016

SOMETIMES IT IS best to let certain things remain out of sight and therefore out of mind because to do otherwise can draw unnecessary attention to yourself and or an issue which may offend many people. Such is the case of former Barbados and West Indies cricketer,... Read More

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SATURDAY'S CHILD: Emo the merrier

30 April 2016

(DEDICATED TO my friend, Derek Jones, who sent me an Emo-textual quip: “I’m not a fatalist; even if I were, what could I do about it?”) “What’s purple and hums?” An electric grape. “Why does it hum?” It doesn’t know the words. Marshall McLuhan, the author of The Medium... Read More

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