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OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist

March 30, 2017
OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. That’s the view of Dr Vanus James, economist...

Letter: Grenada's spiralling health care crisis

March 30, 2017
Letter: Grenada's spiralling health care crisis The World Health Report on Grenada is in need of revision. Grenada is dealing with a pressing need in the health care system; its economic strife has left the healthcare system struggling to cope with a growing devastating health care crisis. Everyone, except the Grenadian government, knows...

Commentary: Putting the right pieces of the puzzle together in St Kitts-Nevis

March 29, 2017
Commentary: Putting the right pieces of the puzzle together in St Kitts-Nevis As a young boy growing up in Grenada, one of my favorite things to do was putting jigsaw puzzles together. However, the most frustrating thing for me was trying to fit 500 pieces together without the picture on the box. Without knowing what picture should emerge the task is longer, harder and...

OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime

March 28, 2017
OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional integration stakeholders convened on March 16 to discuss the current implementation status of the indefinite stay regime and the rights contingent to the free movement of people regime; two critical accomplishments of the OECS.

Commentary: Walcott was our voice, speaking our language

March 28, 2017
Commentary: Walcott was our voice, speaking our language The Caribbean is well-known and respected for the arts; our music, literature, dance, and our cultural art forms. Our cultural artists have done a lot to not only define who we are as a people, but also to inform the world about who we are. We have punched well above our weight globally.

Letter: Tampering with Grenada's electoral office

March 27, 2017
Letter: Tampering with Grenada's electoral office It is rather shameful and embarrassing when a head of state of an independent democratic country is at the center of a controversy regarding the alleged tampering and manipulation of the electoral system. Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade must be mindful of the message...

US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers'

March 25, 2017
US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers' BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The US State Department has labeled the Eastern Caribbean as a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe”. According to the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released in March, the Eastern Caribbean...

Grenada government called on to repurchase Grenlec shares

March 25, 2017
Grenada government called on to repurchase Grenlec shares ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Grenada Private Power Limited (GPP), a 50 percent shareholder of Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (Grenlec), has submitted a formal demand to the government of Grenada to repurchase GPP’s shares in Grenlec. This demand was issued in accordance with the...

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

IMF concludes staff visit to Grenada

March 24, 2017
IMF concludes staff visit to Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Nicole Laframboise visited Grenada from March 15-22, 2017 to conduct discussions on the sixth review of Grenada’s IMF-supported program under the extended credit facility (ECF). The ECF arrangement was approved...

Grenada receives grant for geothermal energy development

March 23, 2017
Grenada receives grant for geothermal energy development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of US$231,630 to the government of Grenada to build its capacity for planning and implementation of its geothermal energy development roadmap. The resources are

Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes

March 23, 2017
Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes MIAMI, USA -- It is often tempting to lump together the five citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes of the Eastern Caribbean, with investors assuming that the only difference is the reputation of the island or the price of the passport. This is clearly not the case. While they often share many...

Letter: The unfinished work of Maurice Bishop, by Peter Binose

March 22, 2017
Letter: The unfinished work of Maurice Bishop, by Peter Binose Here is an extract of the last chapter in Peter Binose’s unpublished book about Maurice Bishop. I am not sure when Peter actually wrote this because he started the book in 2004 and I believe, but am not sure, finished it in 2010. I thank his family for allowing me to publish this and I hope the...

CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

Letter: A few conniving unpatriotic souls

March 21, 2017
Letter: A few conniving unpatriotic souls Reasoning and common sense have become strangers to Grenadian politics, infiltrated by insidious doses of Trumpism that have also found fodder in Europe. It seems that the “progressive” political forces are hell bent on setting the stage again, revamping the “sleight of hand” approach, to invoke...

Letter: Grenada: A country in crisis

March 20, 2017
Letter: Grenada: A country in crisis Grenada is a country in crisis under Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell and his government. Everything he aims at is wrong and evil. There is more vindictiveness, division, rudeness and pure lack of grace from this government and the NNP political party. Their priorities are messed up, they have...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Letter: The 'earth shattering' Grenada Revolution

March 18, 2017
Letter: The 'earth shattering' Grenada Revolution Earl Bousquet, the St Lucian Marxist journalist, who writes for the Grenadian Marxist newspaper Carib Update, describes the Grenada revolution, 1979 to 1983, as “earth shattering”. Well it certainly was Caribbean-shattering, but not in such a nice way as Bousquet would have us believe.

Commentary: Lessons of 1979 Grenada Revolution

March 17, 2017
Commentary: Lessons of 1979 Grenada Revolution Thirty-eight years after the Grenada Revolution, what are the lessons learnt? What are the lessons ignored? If I may borrow an analysis from a comrade and a former captain of the People's Revolutionary Army, we – as a people – must go past the stage of “who for” or “who against” the Revolution.

Open letter to Grenada commissioner of police

March 17, 2017
It is with great despondency, I write to you to announce another lawless act by another police officer. At approximately 1400hrs on the 18th day of January, 2017, I drove through the town of St. George. I observed yet again, another police vehicle (TV357) negligently and...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: The Grenada Revolution forgotten and remembered

March 16, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: The Grenada Revolution forgotten and remembered Thirty-eight years ago, an earth-shattering event happened on a very small island in the Eastern Caribbean that was heard and felt worldwide. The first of its kind in Caribbean waters since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959, the Grenada Revolution of March 13, 1979, created...

Letter: The four letter word

March 14, 2017
Letter: The four letter word The Stonewalling psyche is always in pursuit of new knowledge, but the university scene has its elitist clique who emerges from behind those sacred walls with oodles of learning and unmatched brilliant ideas beyond the reach of the grassroots like Kit. Attention is therefore turned to a more...

Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment

March 10, 2017
Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment The citizenship by investment programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the US, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary...

ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue

March 9, 2017
ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) -- Chairman of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, speaking to how critical funds from citizenship by investment (CBI) programs are to the ECCU countries...

OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes

March 7, 2017
OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, outgoing chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, said that, although regional integration is a work in progress, the member states and the OECS Commission...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

Letter: Dumb move, Nazim! If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

March 7, 2017
Letter: Dumb move, Nazim! If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen Senator Nazim Burke is the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) political party, the main opposition party in Grenada and a party that ran the country from 2008 to 2013, with Senator Nazim Burke as deputy leader and finance minister (Chancellor of the Exchequer) with...

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