Separation of church and state

barbados map flagBarbados’ current economic challenges have triggered wide-ranging discussions and debates. The democratic process has become animated since everyone in the country can directly feel the effects.

The thrusts of these conversations range from who to blame, what to blame, Continue reading

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Nation-building

barbados map flagThe purpose of nation-building is to: “inculcate a feeling of belonging and with it, accountability and responsible behaviour.” (National Planning Commission, Republic of South Africa). At the time this statement was fashioned, Nelson Mandela held the reins of government. South Africa was returning from an abyss of deadly strife and everyone had apprehensions about the future.

While none would claim a perfect outcome, there is no denying that the declaration of intent made a positive impact on South Africa and the world. A key point of emphasis is Continue reading

The gift of gratitude

 gratitude 2As I write this article, Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. It signals a time to pause and reflect on the need to express love and think about those, who to us, deserve our love. It is an act of gratitude. Never mind the fact that it has become commercialized and there are some prescribed rituals, which if not displayed, can cause disappointment.

In Barbados, there is a pall cast upon this commemoration because of widespread concern about the effects of Continue reading

We can do it!

we can make itUnited States President, Barack Obama is well-known as an inspirational speaker and leader. His State of the Union message, delivered on January 28th, received global media coverage. The consensus is that this was another inspirational tour de force, not just for Americans but many others who have been undergoing hard times.

It doesn’t matter that there are differences about the policies, programmes and political agenda; at one point or another, your heart was stirred Continue reading

A perception of risk

riskDue diligence and risk management are business terms that have come into popular use. Due diligence is to exercise a certain standard of care before concluding a deal. That exercise should include an examination of factors that could have an adverse effect on desired outcomes. Typically, an effort is made to minimize risk.

Everywhere in the world people are planning and seeking a path toward an ideal future. Continue reading

How are we using our freedom?

By Dennis Strong, CMC

Most Caribbean nations celebrate August 1st as a national holiday commemorating the Slave Abolition Act 1833 that came into effect on August 1, 1834. Emancipation of African slaves took place in the United States 31 years later near the culmination of a horrendous Civil War.

Now seems a good time to ask the question; how are we using that freedom today?

There are many angles to this question. I think that in this time of economic hardship, it might be useful to examine what actually changed with emancipation. Further, how do the things we think and do today reflect a conscious appreciation of our improved state?

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