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Letter: Permanent employment is the answer

May 27, 2016
Letter: Permanent employment is the answer Crime and disorder has as its root cause poverty and hopelessness. Governments in the past attempted to solve the poverty issue by short term employment and a number of social interventions. Among the many were food cards for free groceries, free drugs and low cost housing.

Dominica in crisis - An open letter to the OAS, OECS and CARICOM

May 27, 2016
As a Dominican national living abroad, I have watched in horror the total degradation of the island of Dominica. For the past 16 years, Dominica has changed from a thriving democratic island to a badly managed inept autocratic nation where rights, especially...

Letter: Argyle International Airport, the truth at last

May 26, 2016
Letter: Argyle International Airport, the truth at last I and a colleague have just returned to London from Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, where I have been working on a news assignment for a leading UK newspaper. We were fortunate to meet with a quite a number of Cubans who were temporarily living in the country.

Letter: St Lucia - Paradise Dark

May 26, 2016
Letter: St Lucia - Paradise Dark Caribbean News Now has recently run a few stories that have got me yearning to get back to the Caribbean – it has been over 20 years and as I am nearing retirement age I thought it might be a wonderful place to call home, so I set out to do my due diligence. The stories from St Lucia...

Poets Corner: Shock Wave

May 26, 2016
Poets Corner: Shock Wave Pause for a cause Let’s look at our laws The Mayan cause Is Belize’s cause Their ICJ victory Made legal history Setting precedence for indigenous peoples throughout the territory This makes the status quo uneasy Sending shockwaves throughout the hegemony The NGC, NCC and...

Letter: Show me the money: The Panama Papers and what you should know

May 25, 2016
Letter: Show me the money: The Panama Papers and what you should know Fellow Dominicans, brothers and sisters, in the past few weeks, news events have alluded to the possibility of unprecedented extortion and racketeering in regards to the state of Dominica’s finances for the past decade or more. The uncovering of multitudes of offshore accounts held...

Letter: Sorry, Madam Speaker, crime in T&T is a matter of definite and urgent national importance!

May 25, 2016
Letter: Sorry, Madam Speaker, crime in T&T is a matter of definite and urgent national importance! The figures are staggering: five murders in 17 hours in one weekend; 15 last weekend starting with Friday the 13th. It has never been this bad in Trinidad and Tobago. Former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar recognized the problem and on Friday last she asked the speaker...

Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians?

May 24, 2016
Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians? The OAS is very much like the SVG police complaints department – police investigating police in SVG just does not work and neither does the OAS, which is packed with like-minded representatives from the islands. That is why the OAS election report was so wishy washy. Despite the representatives observing...

Letter: Dominicans must face an odd opportunity

May 24, 2016
Letter: Dominicans must face an odd opportunity Dominicans must face an odd opportunity to return to the polls in a by-election in Pointe Michel/Soufriere on June 7. The likely outcome is fairly predictable in that the ruling Labour Party candidate Denise Charles is highly favoured to win. The outcome, however, is not the only issue.

Letter: We, not slavery, are to blame for our current health problems

May 23, 2016
Letter: We, not slavery, are to blame for our current health problems From time to time, I hear the argument being made that the diet that our slave ancestors were “forced fed” is the primary reason why we in Jamaica and the Caribbean have such a major problem with hypertension and diabetes today. This ridiculous argument was again recently made...

Letter: Dominica's opposition proposal

May 23, 2016
Letter: Dominica's opposition proposal With regard to Dominica's opposition proposal that the Dominican government donate EC$1 million to Venezuela to help Venezuelans who are suffering from shortages of everything, I detect some politicking here. The opposition to Skerrit wishes to embarrass him by rubbing his nose...

Letter: It is time for a 'come to Jesus moment' in Grenada

May 21, 2016
Letter: It is time for a 'come to Jesus moment' in Grenada We must reach out to those on the far periphery who have lost their sense of place and belonging within the family of Grenada. This may be our greatest challenge today, but we are ready and prepared to close the gap and effect positive reversals in the lives of Grenadian individuals and

Letter: New momentum for Jerome Montoute land expropriation campaign

May 21, 2016
Letter: New momentum for Jerome Montoute land expropriation campaign After a striking response to the open letter, the campaign to achieve a settlement for land seized in 1969 from Jerome Montoute, without compensation to the present day, has made reciprocal contact with individuals and organizations who have agreed to help. The open letter...

Letter: As Venezuela eventually collapses

May 20, 2016
Letter: As Venezuela eventually collapses It’s time for the islands to repay Venezuela what they owe them. The nasty socialist [Marxist-Leninist] regime in Venezuela that started with Hugo Chavez has utterly destroyed the country. But they are blaming everyone but themselves. It’s the Americans, it’s the opposition party...

Letter: Thank you, Minister Marshall

May 20, 2016
Letter: Thank you, Minister Marshall Thank you Minister Marshall for boldly stepping forward and saying what many of your colleagues know, but choose to ignore. To the government of Antigua and Barbuda, please wise up and recognize that there is a community of people living in your country who continue to be affected...

Letter: It is time for action

May 19, 2016
Letter: It is time for action According to John Quincy Adams, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” Although patience is difficult to maintain, this letter is being written with the utmost perseverance, in hopes that it too will be met with a response.

Letter: Good luck to the PM and to Grenadians

May 19, 2016
Letter: Good luck to the PM and to Grenadians Grenadian Class, I beg to differ with your belief that Prime Minister Keith Mitchell is on the wrong track embarking on the "Donald Trump brand of politics" to help resolve Grenada's expanding woes which, in my opinion, is sure to yield positive results while ending the "status quo" brand of politics.

Poets Corner: Belize-Guatemala takeover

May 19, 2016
Poets Corner: Belize-Guatemala takeover All you Alices in Wonderland Marcus Garvey tried to make you understand “A people without knowledge of their history culture and origin are like trees without roots!” Dealing with Belizeans is like pulling out tooth Did you not see what Guatemala did with their indigenous population?

Letter: Jamaica is hostile to the self employed

May 18, 2016
Letter: Jamaica is hostile to the self employed As far as I can see, the new raft of so-called tax reliefs that the government has announced for Pay As You Earn (PAYE) workers is just another proof that this is not a country for people who wish to start a business for themselves. Increasingly, Jamaica is becoming ever more hostile to...

Letter: The La Vallee white elephant in St Kitts

May 18, 2016
Letter: The La Vallee white elephant in St Kitts Some time ago I listened to a friend recall an attempt to negotiate a government scholarship that a child was being denied, and asked the politician, "Don't they have Sunday school in St Kitts anymore?" Listening to my friend relate her story of the politician's argument for refusing...

Letter: The contract and memorandum has more to do with slavery than air travel

May 17, 2016
Letter: The contract and memorandum has more to do with slavery than air travel What exactly did Ralph Gonsalves of the Madeira family, whose forebears first started the Atlantic slave trade, sign with the Qataris in Kingstown? Well it was not a contract for the Qatari airline to start flying into our Argyle airport. The people who signed are the Qatari Air Authority, not the airline.

Letter: Memo to PM Rowley

May 17, 2016
Letter: Memo to PM Rowley The headline in today’s Newsday “The country is drowning in blood;” so sad and distressing but very appropriate. And so it begs the question, just what does Prime Minister Keith Rowley mean by saying “in many such (crime) cases, the government’s role doesn’t begin until after the crime has...

Letter: Why Qatar? Why St Vincent and the Grenadines?

May 16, 2016
Letter: Why Qatar? Why St Vincent and the Grenadines? The signing of an “air service agreement” on May 12, 2016 between the unknown and underdeveloped Eastern Caribbean country of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and the well known and super-rich Persian Gulf country of Qatar is certainly bound to raise a lot of eyebrows.

Letter: IMF, Keith and NNP not good for Grenada

May 16, 2016
Letter: IMF, Keith and NNP not good for Grenada Keith Mitchell has been prime minister of Grenada for almost 20 years. He has acted as minister of finance for many years In his capacity as prime minister he has ultimate responsibility for all the plans, programs and initiatives of his government. Mitchell and the NNP on two occasions have had...

Letter: SVG, the ULP's internet troll on parade!

May 14, 2016
Letter: SVG, the ULP's internet troll on parade! In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Unity Labour Party’s (ULP’s) internet troll masquerading behind the pseudonym Reggie (Vinciman) Wright is on parade. Unlike the internet troll, I do not use pseudonyms! I am man enough to put my real name to anything I penned.

Letter: Flow billing

May 14, 2016
Letter: Flow billing On my April 2016 bill from Flow a charge of $400+GCT has been included for an on demand movie from 9th May 2015. This charge has already been charged to me on my June 2015 bill, which has been paid long ago. I have written to Flow about this and have gotten no response. 

Letter: Argyle International Airport should be among the 'Wonders of the Modern World'!

May 13, 2016
Letter: Argyle International Airport should be among the 'Wonders of the Modern World'! When word of the construction of an International Airport on mainland St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) was first announced, many Vincentians saw this as a welcoming need and a long overdue necessity. In the past various sites were proposed and looked into by the Milton Cato...

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