Category Archives: Opinion

Education is No Sport

Submitted by Paula Sealy “This committee has been given a mandate for the next six months to work assiduously to bring the policy on persons with disabilities so that we can also approve the legislation. We have a draft legislation now that over the next six months it is to be fine-tuned to get the legislation right,” Minister of People Empowerment

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Where is the Leadership?

Submitted by Paula Sealy General elections were held on 19 January. Today is 19 May. It has been over 100 days since the elections. Up to now the secondary schools have no boards of management. This is affecting the schools.   So when will the boards be put in place? Will the Minister of Education explain what is going to the

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The following is shared (unedited) by a concerned family member of the late Mel Harding – Blogmaster “…for they know not what they did”DEATH AT BARBADOS’ MAIN HOSPITAL The shocking truth about Mel Harding’s sudden death at Queen Elisabeth Hospital Barbados.Barbados and the world lost a great man and outstanding citizen: Mel A. Harding, only 58 years old.Top manager of

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Our Children – Knowing Cents from Sense


Submitted by William Skinner Recently in a submission to BU, I mentioned a story appearing in the local press about a six-year-old citizen, selling her first piece of art. In the interview, her mother said that she was conflicted, in exposing her daughter to such activity at a very tender age. She did not want to send the message that

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Elder Abuse – To be or not to be

Submitted by Cherfleur As we approach our 70s and go beyond, we have to be weary and decide whether it pays to live to ‘that ripe old age’ then be stripped of all assets and control of our own welfare or whether to say goodbye at this point, with our faculties intact and muscles taut and able to fight back.

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Submitted by Pachamama Our master narratives are five (5). First, that ideas birthed in the Piscean Age cannot have spiritual resonance today, as a scientific phenomenon, within an overtly displayed Aquarian Age. Second, those who continue to ‘harken’ to such ideas are destined for perdition. Third, that all Christians are Catholics, whether they accept this fundamental, scientific, truism or not.

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Trade Unions – A Web of Entanglement

Posted as a comment by Paula Sealy to In the Left Corner (CTUSAB), Right Corner (BWU) blog – Blogmaster Under Dr. Suckoo CTUSAB was appointed to represent Barbados at the ILO. This position was historically viewed as the birthright of the BWU. The friction started when Sir Roy stepped down as CTUSAB head and was no longer heading to the

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Leaders in Education Under Review

Submitted by Paula Sealy From Santia Bradshaw to Kay McConney, Dr. Karen Best to Joy Adamson to Dr. Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, June Chandler to Sandra Phillips to Janet Phillips to Betty Alleyne-Headley, to Dr. Idamay Denny, women have controlled education since 2018. It has become all but their exclusive domain. With a few male principals the message may be that educational

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Difficult Conversations – Glass Ceilings

Grenville Phillips

On 19 April 2022, the President of the Institution of Structural Engineers visited Barbados on official business. She completed her work and left Barbados without fanfare. To my knowledge, there were no news article in the Barbados media about her or her visit. Ms Jane Entwistle was elected to lead over 30,000 members in over 105 countries – in a

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Submitted by Pachamama Within the milieu of endless propaganda projects, in the West, designed for consumption at home and abroad, Russia’s objectives have markedly slowed as Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, fastidiously follows a laughable Western dictation that the Russian Federation can be made to bleed and eventual brought to accept capitulation, as so delivered by the leading messenger boys and

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Shrinkage to Economic Life


Submitted by Steven Kaszab The Pandemic has thrown the global markets and economic flow into the dumpster. What was, seems to becoming a thing of the past, with corporations amalgamating their manufacturing processes into singular locations. Labor costs, which ruled the day before the pandemic have been set aside allowing logistics, energy and shipping costs to surface as the new

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SCOTUS Exposed: Roe vs Wade


SCOTUS has the votes to overturn Roe vs Wade. Former President Donald Trump appointed 3 conservative justices to the Supreme Court of the United States which has given the SCOTUS a conservative leaning for the many years to come. Another example how political maneuverings affect the delivery of justice by the highest court in the USA (not uncommon to the

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DLP Going with Yearwood

Three months after the second defeat in a general election Democratic Labour Party (DLP) members voted for Dr. Ronnie Yearwood to replace Verla Depeiza who resigned in the aftermath of what transpired. He won by a reported vote of 273 to 205. It is surprising more of the 800+ DLP members eligible to vote were not motivated to participate yesterday.

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The Role of Religion

Submitted by Steven Kaszab What significance does organized religion have these days? Easter celebration has now past, as too high celebrations  in the Islamic and Jewish faiths. Candy for the kids, while worshipers touch ever so lightly the divinity of God and its significance in our lives.  I wonder what Jesus, Mohammed and Moses would say if they indeed saw

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