“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18 During the 1970s, a Barbadian friend, now a leading Caribbean hotel entrepreneur, stayed at our home in Trinidad and was impressed by our sweet, seedless local Valencia oranges. After purchasing a few dozen and obtaining the necessary phytosanitary certificates, he returned to Barbados. Soon …

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 As another year dawned in the Caribbean last week, I reflected on my New Year’s resolutions in my …

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to whom his favour rests.” – Luke 2:14 As I reflect on the Christmas season, I am drawn to the multifaceted beauty of this festive period, especially within the vibrant tapestry of Caribbean culture. Celebrating Christmas begins with acknowledging its core – the birth …

“All of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” – 1 Peter 3:8 I last wrote about teamwork in this column in July 2014 in “Camaraderie Fuels Teamwork” and in October 2019 in “Camaraderie Fuels Teamwork Revisited.” My reflection on those occasions revealed that teamwork …

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18 This week a wave of nostalgia enveloped me, transporting me back to 2001 and the inaugural Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) on Sustainable Development symposium in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The genesis of this international event, to …

“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” – 1 Corinthians 14:40 In the intricate world of business, the dynamics of economic growth is no longer a one-dimensional affair. Small states, in particular, face unique challenges and opportunities in fostering a harmonious partnership between the public and private sectors. The pivotal link …

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Matthew 5:6 As the Caribbean charts its course through the choppy waters of economic development, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley has set a lofty goal: to achieve first world status for the nation by 2030. Drawing inspiration from the remarkable …

“A component of stewardship, and getting serious about finances, is managing money wisely so that we can invest in the future of our children. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” – Proverbs 13:22 Investing in our youth is an investment in the future of our nations, it is analogous to how …

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12. The family is widely recognized as the fundamental building block of society. As I contemplate my own family, considering our lineage, life experiences, and the legacy we leave behind, …

“Moreover, Abraham became the father of generations who live by faith, those who hope against the odds.” – Romans 4:19 I reported in this column on January 16, 2023, that my morning “winter” walk buddies around the Club Rockley are primarily Bowen Wells, a former British MP and a former consultant to the Commonwealth Development …

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:2 Although we go through life not knowing exactly how long we shall live, I think that it is safe to say that, given my age, I am probably well into the final quarter of my life and am planning as such. …

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19 Crime and other antisocial behaviors are destroying lives and the quality of life of residents in the Caribbean. If left unchecked this could negatively impact our bread-and-butter tourism industry. …