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Letter: Dr Lazarus Castang's response to Colin Robinson

July 23, 2014
Thanks Colin for taking the time to respond to my commentary. I was surprised at your alarming misreading of the fundamentals of my commentary. After carefully analyzing your submission, it became clear that your response provided no defence of morality, or of homosexuality...

Letter: P Knight rebuffs Anatol Leopold Scott

July 23, 2014
The heading of Anatol Leopold Scott’s letter should read “Anatol vs. PKnight” (not that I accept anything from Anatol) and not… Guerrero vs. PKnight; why bring J. Guerrero into this unseemly fracas that Anatol Leopold Scott conjures up all by himself?

African Descendants

July 23, 2014
One hundred African descendants are now returning from Guatemala After attending a conference with ONECA In attendance were Creoles, Ketchi, Maya from Guatemala Other indigenous peoples and the Garifuna Celebrating their origin from Africa This was a historic event...

Letter: The prime minister, HIV and the Caribbean

July 22, 2014
The Caribbean is second in the world to Sub-Saharan Africa in the rate of HIV infection. The primary mode of transmission in the region is heterosexual intercourse with high risk groups to include men who have sex with men (MSM) and there is intersection between the two.

Letter: Looking back on Kaiso, politics and Hip, Hip, Who...!

July 22, 2014
With Carnival fever still in the air in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), I must say thanks to “Patches” for the constant reminder of the plight of Ms Michelle Andrews and Ms Margaret Parsons (Canadian of Vincentian heritage) in his song “Ring the Bell.”

Letter: Internet crazies should get themselves smoke detectors

July 21, 2014
Internet crazies should get themselves smoke detectors and breathing apparatus, because PM Gonsalves said he is going to smoke them out. Gonsalves, who as a young man was a news column crazy, some of our old folk even thought of him as a news columnist lunatic.

Letter: The fooling floods

July 21, 2014
Over time, the early populations started to develop special strategies that led to a transformation in the quality of human life. Rather than constantly wandering in search of food, people stayed in one region and exploited the seasonal sources of food, including fish, grain, fruits and game.

Letter: Has our National Security Council collapsed?

July 19, 2014
The National Security Council of Trinidad and Tobago has collapsed. It is now dysfunctional and no longer protects law abiding citizens nor apprehends criminals. Lawlessness and crime are spiraling out of control and law abiding citizens face each hour in fear of being attacked by...

Letter: Policing 101- The burden of proof

July 19, 2014
Although the burden of proof is a matter that is left up to the court system to determine and it is the prosecution team that has the responsibility to prove that an individual had committed the offence for which he or she was charged and they must do so beyond a reasonable doubt.

Letter: Religious fundamentalists using their freedom of speech to incite violence against gays

July 18, 2014
The Jamaica CAUSE movement sent a loudspeaker-equipped vehicle for two days in my neighbourhood trying to win support for its rally at Mandela Park. The exhortation for people to come out to the rally to stand up "straight" against repeal of the buggery law.

Letter: Plans to revive economic activity in Grenada are now achieving objectives

July 18, 2014
By now the naysayers were expecting chaos and mayhem in the Grenadian economy. The implosion they forecasted certainly has not happened and this has placed the “badmouthers” in a kind of dilemma! They continue to heap scorn on all the government programs.

Letter: Apartheid in Jamaica

July 17, 2014
Nelson Mandela’s visit to Jamaica in 1991 signalled his appreciation of Jamaica’s role in the destruction of the formal apartheid system in South Africa. Perhaps unknown to Mr Mandela at the time was that Jamaica was contending with her own apartheid system, which still exists.

Open letter to ECCB governor

July 17, 2014
I would like to bring to your attention a matter of grave and urgent concern to the financial welfare of Vincentians. This matter requires your immediate intervention as Governor of the ECCB (the sub-regional regulator of commercial banks). The foreign-owned commercial banks...

Letter: Garinagu, reparations and CARICOM

July 16, 2014
On December 10, 2013, CARICOM released a statement regarding the pursuit of reparations from former colonial powers. In the statement, it stated that CARICOM member nations would each “set up national committees on reparations, to establish the moral, ethical and legal case...

Letter: A reparation apology to Barbados from St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 16, 2014
Shame is a word that is often used in expressing regret for some wrong; however, the word shame means: a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have, because you know you have done something wrong. It is also important to note that people can be ashamed because of association.

Letter: Gaining common ground in St Lucia

July 15, 2014
Our current financial deficit has been in contention for quite a while. As a matter of information, successive governments have unequivocally been laying the shortfall on our costly existence as a third world nation. Metaphorically! Change of administrations has never attempted to...

Letter: Hand held microwave weapons

July 15, 2014
My Cuban friends told me told me at the weekend that Cuba has been developing a handheld microwave weapon. A weapon that seriously damages eyesight, causes strokes, and fries the brain, giving the effect of senility to those who are targeted. It’s apparently for use during...

Belize's Agrarian Revolution

July 15, 2014
BGYEA Plant the Corn Program The Maya Winning their Rights to land The Valley of Peace mediation Belizeans are developing and aggressive interest in acquiring lands Is all of great concern to Belmopan They know the history of Latin America and the Caribbean...

Letter: SVG, Coconut Bat or Desmodus Rotundus (Vampire Bat)?

July 14, 2014
A prominent politician in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) once described another politician as a “coconut bat.” I am wondering where this so described “coconut bat” is today? It is estimated that there are about 1,100 types of bats, but none is called a “coconut bat.”

Letter: Safeguarding our women' rights

July 14, 2014
Like the rest of the world, Grenada saw a turbulent global economic meltdown, but for the most part was isolated from the wars and civil strife that brought untold suffering to the peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa. On every continent women were violated, maimed and killed without reason.

Letter: Keith Mitchell's 16 months of turbulence

July 11, 2014
In the 16 months since the Keith Mitchell NNP electoral victory, there is nothing offered in the way of political excitement. There is no one-size fits all explanation for why the goals and promises of this government are failing. There has been no careful analysis. I can, however...

Trauma and Gang

July 11, 2014
Bragga witnessed his father get shot by Buster Can you imagine what that did to the mind of that youngster Knowing the gangster that killed his father It would have been different if related the death of their Papa They would have been able to deal with grief trauma...

Letter: Peter David, the IMF and elections

July 10, 2014
It is just over one month that the former general secretary and foreign minister in the NDC counted himself into the rodent infested house of the NNP. With much fanfare and pomp Peter! Peter! the party destroyer was presented with the ‘green robes' of the NNP by party chairman Gregory Bowen.

Letter: Nothing lasts forever - Gonsalves must go now!

July 10, 2014
Nothing lasts forever; this saying is surely true, especially when it comes to everything human. For the simple fact, and according to the bible, man has an average lifespan of three score and ten years; when calculated this time period amount up to seventy years of living then an interaction...

Letter: Garifuna in Belize need to take a stand on land rights

July 9, 2014
Recently in Belize the Supreme Court in an historic land rights case involving Sarstoon Temash Institute of Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and four Alcaldes from surrounding communities against the government of Belize (GOB), handed down a decision which seems to have...

Letter: The PNP supports Belize citizenship rights at home and abroad

July 9, 2014
I write in response to the commentary posted by Wellington Ramos entitled: “The BPF is the last best hope for Belizeans who possess dual citizenships”. I would like to begin by stating publicly that the PNP supports the right of Belizeans living abroad having the ability to vote by proxy.

Letter: Is real freedom of the press in St Vincent being destroyed by Marxist stealth?

July 8, 2014
I personally believe that freedom of the press has been, or is being destroyed by this administration in several ways, I will give you just six. 1. One of the top regime members hires people to come on the internet and spread untrue stories, at the same time denying the truth that...



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