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Of Publics, Perception and Reality Cont’d

Discussion 3.

Having dealt with the perception of Sir Roy based on his controversial May Day 2012 comments and historical vantage points in my last blog I now continue this topic with the toughie, which is the public’s perception of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. I have found Prime Minister Stuart to be one Barbados’ most honest and thoughtful Prime Ministers. 

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PR for Public Relations

In Barbados, in secondary school we are required to select subjects early; know and stick to a particular career path, all at the tender age of 13 or 14 despite having no world experience and certainly as the old people would say ‘never even seen a star pitch.’ For students like I was, who were unsure what they wanted to do but felt uncompelled to follow a traditional career as a lawyer, doctor or accountant; this decision probably did not come until late.

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Of Monopolies and Consumer Woes

The economic crisis has herald a worrying paradigm for the consumer and that is the reemergence of monopolies. With small businesses crumbling under the economic pressure, large conglomerates are taking the opportunity to buy up limping companies to build capacity.

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Dr. Marketing: The Case of Dr Alfred Sparman

Dr Alfred Sparman has changed the face of Health Promotions in Barbados forever. Pushing the envelop, the entrepreneurial cardiologist whose entry to Barbados in 2001 was met with some resistance, has on top of this, made many turn to the fraternity’s professional code of conduct with regard to advertising.

Granted there is need for some research on the code and its rationale. My first thoughts however, as a student of communications, is that it is antiquated and has no place in our new capitalist society. What is so innately horrible about advertising that local professional codes of practice for doctors, lawyers and architects prevent them from doing so? This archaic rule maintains the status quo and gives the Establishment the edge, enforcing a level of conformity and conservatism that is speedily disappearing from the Bajan everyday reality.

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Religion Truly Social!

My blog post this week is more up Mariama’s street, she being a Christian, but when I stumbled on RD Magazine’s Blog Post on “Five Social Media Trends That are reshaping Religion,” I could not help but think about the meeting we had just last week with the PR Manager of the Barbados Port Inc., Freida Nicholls and her telling us that church is not the same without her ipad since she uses her Bible app in church, which she prefers to the physical bible.

Wherever you go now in churches, Reverends and Pastors are using tablets to deliver their messages. The Reverend at the Christ Church Parish Church, Canon Noel Burke has taken this even further by being a regular on twitter - very revolutionary for an Anglican priest. His status reads: “I love God, my family, technology and Coffee”.

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Public Relations Jobs Among The Most Stressful

Now I understand totally why I am spending so much money on hair colour every week trying to keep up with my rapidly greying head of hair. According to PR Newser, it’s my job to blame! PRNewser has quoted CareerCast list of best, worst, most stressful, and least stressful jobs for 2012. At number seven on the most stressful list is the PR executive. My dream job, My passion!

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Goodbye to Adrian Randall!

Goodbye to Adrian Randall a steward in the fight against Heart Disease in Barbados. It’s paradoxical that what would eventually take his life was complications from this disease since he had made the fight against heart disease and strokes his passion since he and his late wife retired to Barbados.

Having met Randall while working on the Nation’s Healthy Lifestyle Program years ago, I found him to be a very thorough and professional individual. Adrian even had a stint on the board of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation. A true non-communicable disease champion, he will be missed by the fraternity.

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