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YUH GAWH BE KIDDIN’: Ham too expensive

09 December 2016

FRIENDS, BAJANS, FAMILIES, lend me your eyes. On this auspicious season I come to speak about a situation that has been plaguing us for centuries and will continue to do so until we decide to come together in united unison. It is but a great injustice done to us... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Good intentions vs good works

09 December 2016

FRENCH REFORMER St Bernard of Clairvaux is said to have written, just before he died in 1153: “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés ou désirs.” When liberally translated, that sentence means, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We find the St Bernard... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Friends think I’m gay, but I’m not

09 December 2016

DEAR CHRISTINE, I am 16 years old and still at school, where I am doing quite well as far as my subjects and grades are concerned. However, in the area of relationships I am an amateur. My best friend says there may be something wrong with me. When I was younger,... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: He left me again for young thing

08 December 2016

DEAR CHRISTINE, My husband and I have been married for the past 27 years. For no reason, I can see he has taken up with a girl who is still in her teens. His crush started four months ago. He was so taken up with her that he would spend entire weekends at her home.... Read More

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AWRIGHT DEN!: A wake-up call

08 December 2016

I WANT ALL residents of Barbados to think about this. Last Tuesday, the rain fell intermittently for less than seven hours due to a trough system and torrential showers only fell for a few minutes between 11 a.m. and midday. It should be a huge concern to both residents... Read More

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WHAT MATTERS MOST: Questioning attitude, ability

08 December 2016

THERE IS A COMMON THREAD going through the issues of water, garbage collection, health care, sewage, among others, in this country. The thread is the lack of money. This is fascinating for a Government that set as its mantra: Barbados is more than an economy, it... Read More

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Willie Lynch very much alive

08 December 2016

THERE IS A DOCUMENT known as the Willie Lynch letter which was allegedly crafted and perfected by a reputed planter from Barbados some say, and was purportedly delivered to fellow slave owners on the bank of the James River in Virginia, United States, in 1712. This... Read More

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EDITORIAL: It’s more than just Combermere

08 December 2016

THE DECISION of the Ministry of Education to close Combermere School three weeks ago following persistent complaints from teachers and students who were falling ill, has raised a number of issues that stretch well beyond the precincts of Waterford. High on that list... Read More

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IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Strange things are happening

07 December 2016

THERE IS NO AREA of my life that has made me cry more, laugh more, get angry more. There are strange things I have witnessed that I probably would never have encountered, had it not been for a career in journalism. Two Sundays ago I happened upon a most interesting... Read More

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EDITORIAL: PAC seems doomed to failure

07 December 2016

THE CURRENT RATHER MUTED discussion surrounding the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament ought to mushroom into a meaningful debate that results in sensible change that works to the benefit of the country. Unfortunately, we do not believe any such outcome is... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Parents don’t accept my girl

07 December 2016

DEAR CHRISTINE, I met and fell in love with a young lady who is eight years older than I am. We love each other and her parents have accepted me. However, my parents are opposed to the relationship. I am 35 and they think that this woman is too far over the hill... Read More

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Justice and the law at odds

07 December 2016

“IF YOU WANT justice, keep out of the law courts”. I have often seen the above quotation attributed to the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow and must confess that I do not know whether or not it is genuine, but it certainly does reflect the kind of ethos which... Read More

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FAMILY FUSION: December - month of opportunity

07 December 2016

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.– Winston Churchill IT IS HERE AT LAST. Yes, December. For some individuals the last 11 months may have brought with them mountains of sorrow, sadness and suffering.... Read More

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FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: Children – our future

07 December 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE responsible for the Independence Parade. It’s always a pleasure to watch the precision with which this event is executed every year. If we took this discipline into other aspects of our lives, most of the battle of taking Barbados forward... Read More

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No room for Machiavellism

06 December 2016

SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGISTS use the term “Machiavellian” to describe ruthless or devious politicians who deceive and manipulate the public by cunning and duplicity – to achieve and defend their personal power. The word comes from the 15th century Italian... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Is this the Barbados we’ve been building?

06 December 2016

HAVE WE REACHED the stage in this country where we can hardly get the delivery of any public good or service right? And have we so degenerated that public officials now believe they can’t, or won’t, be held accountable for their failure to properly manage the resources... Read More

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ALL AH WE IS ONE: Gracias, Fidel

06 December 2016

WHEN ALL THE DUST and smoke clears, and when our perspective of Fidel Castro and Cuba is stripped of its ideological visor, it will be understood that his indelible contribution will be seen in his supreme example to all small, formerly colonised countries on how to... Read More

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DEAR CHRISTINE: Trying to get her attention

06 December 2016

DEAR CHRISTINE, Please permit me some space in your column to express myself. There is a young woman whom I admire day after day but I find it hard to go up to her and at least give her my name. This woman catches the Pine/Wildey route vans. I get a chance to... Read More

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EDITORIAL: Urgent solution needed for sewage stench

05 December 2016

SOMETHING IS AWFULLY wrong with the South Coast Sewerage System, and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), which has responsibility for its maintenance, must stop pretending otherwise. It has been months that residents and commercial operations have been complaining... Read More

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US a republic, not a democracy, Mr Singh

05 December 2016

RICKEY SINGH’s recent article indicates he may not understand American History. The United States is not and has never been a democracy. It is a republic. The states joined together as a republic with certain guarantees to prevent the concentration of power in the... Read More

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WILD COOT: Not enough babies

05 December 2016

WE GOT a problem. We are not producing enough babies. We may be actively engaged in the process day and night, but the end product is insufficient. And the sad thing is that the Wild Coot cannot help these days whereas in 2010 (Culture At Risk) and 2013 (Children Deficit),... Read More

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