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Letter: Julian Bodge and his merry band of bodgers

January 5, 2017
Letter: Julian Bodge and his merry band of bodgers Before we start on this story I would like to say I hold no grudge against Julian. There are a few things I would like to ask. One being how he got to head a ministry of a subject he knows nothing about and has no professional training for. Another is how did he acquire “more wealth than...

Letter: Knowledge, innovation and economic development

January 5, 2017
Letter: Knowledge, innovation and economic development Continued economic development in a developing country is based on the import of knowledge, technology, by its people, its R&D organisations, to produce new and creative products and services and the generation of new knowledge, which drives the continuum of innovation, of economic...

Letter: St Vincent's cruise ship numbers are much lower than we think

January 4, 2017
Letter: St Vincent's cruise ship numbers are much lower than we think From any perspective, our mainland (St Vincent Island -- SVI) tourism industry is in deep trouble on the eve of the completion of Argyle International Airport (AIA). Visitor levels over the past 15 years have shrunk (see essay numbers 3, 27, and 27 below); the number arriving guests of different...

Letter: More lies and the betrayal of a nation by Lennox Linton

January 4, 2017
Letter: More lies and the betrayal of a nation by Lennox Linton Lennox Linton, the Leader of Dominica’s opposition, went on CBS 60 Minutes to demonize the country of Dominica and its citizenship programs. Significantly, Linton never introduced himself as the leader of a political party or the opposition. Nor did he indicate his hostility to the programs...

Poets Corner: Terrorism

January 4, 2017
Poets Corner: Terrorism Ministers should be sent to prison For treasonous acts against Belizean citizens After the eleven days strike, government never learned its lesson Attempting to withhold the teachers’ salaries was an act of terrorism Belize has a terrorism act But most Belizeans are ignorant of this fact...

Letter: Jamaica may have exceeded its capacity to support further major tourism development on the North Coast

January 3, 2017
Letter: Jamaica may have exceeded its capacity to support further major tourism development on the North Coast The Jamaican government should consider placing a moratorium on further hotel development on the North Coast. A balance should be struck between the supply and demand of hotel rooms since, at roughly 40% vacancy, rate hotels cannot be profitable unless significant government intervention...

Open letter to Trinidad and Tobago panists

January 3, 2017
I must express my disgust and indignation at the attitude and behaviour of a few misguided, uninformed panists, who attended a general membership meeting at City Hall, Port of Spain on 28/12/2016, called by Pan Trinbago Inc. to discuss players’ remittances for 2016...

Letter: The liars, saboteurs and traitors!

January 2, 2017
Letter: The liars, saboteurs and traitors! Lennox Linton and Thomson Fontaine of the United Workers Party of Dominica have consistently recycled their lies on Dominica’s Economic Citizens Programs. The genesis of these lies arose from the love affair between Thomson Fontaine and Weekly Blitz from Bangladesh some years ago.

Letter: A tribute to PS Gregory Grimes' untimely death and the Bermuda Police Service

January 2, 2017
Letter: A tribute to PS Gregory Grimes' untimely death and the Bermuda Police Service In April of 2004, when I went to Bermuda to become a part of the Bermuda Police Service, I went to that island not knowing what to expect and I did not know anyone. Back in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the land of my birth, I was a political upstart, even in my capacity as a police officer...

Notice to readers and contributors

December 31, 2016
Effective immediately, commentaries, letters to the editor and/or reader-submitted comments to published articles containing personal, ad hominem attacks on contributors or readers will not be accepted or approved for publication.  We nevertheless encourage readers and...

Letter: Let us be real about the National Development Agenda in 2017

December 31, 2016
Letter: Let us be real about the National Development Agenda in 2017 On December 29, 2015, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, in an address to the nation, announced the measures that will be taken to stabilize Trinidad and Tobago's economic standing, as oil and gas prices continue to tumble. Among the measures was that “consumers are encouraged to support...

Letter: The flight of capital from the foreign exchange market into the Jamaica stock market

December 30, 2016
Letter: The flight of capital from the foreign exchange market into the Jamaica stock market Since April 2016, the Bank of Jamaican (BOJ) sold well over US$600 million to the foreign exchange market only to achieve the short-term stability that we are now witnessing in the dollar moving from US$1=129.69 to 128.78 Jamaican. This US$600 million sold to bankers and foreign exchange...

Letter: Gender is not the issue

December 30, 2016
Letter: Gender is not the issue Abuse is not done by male or female it is by persons exercising power over others. A very sensitive issue, not to belittle it in anyway, but when a young man is killed many think it is as a result of some involvement in crime and when a young woman is killed; no murdered; it is a breakdown...

Poets Corner: Economy!

December 30, 2016
Poets Corner: Economy! We are missing opportunities Where are Belize’s uranium, marble and agriculture industries? Belize already has nuclear energy With all the uranium in this country Dah nuclear Science wi pickney fi di study Where are our nuclear scientists of this country? Why are we not exploiting this facility?

Letter: December 29, 2016, and we're almost there

December 29, 2016
Letter: December 29, 2016, and we're almost there It is recorded in Biblical terms that a generation may span in the region of 40 years and counting. Well, on December 29, 2016, the Rt Hon Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, premier-elect, will be sworn in as the fourth premier and first female to lead the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

Letter: An HRM Christmas message

December 29, 2016
Letter: An HRM Christmas message Good day ladies and gentlemen. I trust if Jesus Christ appeared this Christmas and told you that Trinidad and Tobago has all the makings of a paradise, you will not disbelieve him. I trust you will say, hmmm, okay, kool, and think about it. If you believed and opened up to Him he might be...

Letter: Cry cry baby Peter David singing for his supper!

December 28, 2016
Letter: Cry cry baby Peter David singing for his supper! For many years, specialized professionals have been staying clear from politics in Grenada. Grenada politics has become very muddy and brutal among contestants. Gutter politics in Grenada has been around for a very long time, since during the Eric Gairy era. The country has suffered...

Letter: Trinidad government has no functional and workable plan to reduce crime

December 28, 2016
Letter: Trinidad government has no functional and workable plan to reduce crime Prime Minister Keith Rowley says his administration’s crime plan for Trinidad and Tobago does not have to be in a document. The Office of the Prime Minister, in a tweet last week, acknowledged it was the quality and effectiveness of the police service that will give us the kind of response for...

Letter: Populist governance

December 27, 2016
Letter: Populist governance The Trinidad and Tobago economy is reported as having declined by some 4.5% in 2016 and its government deficit (increasing debt/GDP) is increasing. But CEPEP and URP, local unemployment support, are alive and well and though there have been job losses (ArcelorMital, a local steel...

Letter: Pave paradise and call it progress: An environmental disaster waiting to happen

December 27, 2016
Letter: Pave paradise and call it progress: An environmental disaster waiting to happen The North-South Highway link in Jamaica Is a costly environmental disaster waiting to happen, as the highway link is built on a sea of underground rivers with extensive connections throughout the island. In 2012 the government was warned about the risk but went ahead with the project.

Open Letter to Bermuda MP Leah Scott

December 27, 2016
I had the opportunity to read your recent article published in the Royal Gazette entitled 'Resolution and Conversation have to be a part of the bigger picture". It requires mental gymnastics of Olympic proportion when one attempts to understand how you continue...

Letter: Solutions - Part 3

December 24, 2016
Letter: Solutions - Part 3 This is another in a series of articles dedicated towards outlining a path for a new governance structure for Trinidad and Tobago. Today we look at the economy. Over the years our beautiful nation has depended on either agriculture or the oil industry for its economic survival. In this evolving...

Poets Corner: Defeat

December 24, 2016
Poets Corner: Defeat The law has lost it teeth The PM is admitting defeat Returning Belize to law and order is an impossible feat Only in Belize Vanessa Retreage Since the people’s heads are buried in the sand like ostrich Our people are so naive! Only in Belize Can an attorney general be threatened with...

Letter: The Red House must go

December 23, 2016
Letter: The Red House must go The Red House must be torn down. It is a red sepulchre of infamy. It is a symbol, at once, of the old colonial and post-colonial order. It represents the seat of monolithic, despotic, authoritarian power. Centralized, bureaucratic, bungling, and capable of horrible acts, missteps and mistakes.

Letter: Winners and Losers 2016; Grenada's Personality of The Year

December 23, 2016
Letter: Winners and Losers 2016; Grenada's Personality of The Year 2016 would go down in history as a very eventful year with occurrence of long lasting political, economic and social changes all over the world. From Manila in the Philippines to Moscow Russia, London England, Paris France, Aleppo Syria, Rio de Janiero Brazil, Washington USA, Havana Cuba...

Open letter: 50th Anniversary and beyond

December 23, 2016
The Government and people of Barbados must be congratulated for a well organised and executed programme to celebrate our 50th anniversary of Independence. The activities were welcome experiences for many Barbadians who are resident overseas.

Letter: Shame on you, Dr Mitchell!

December 22, 2016
Letter: Shame on you, Dr Mitchell! Few days after delivering what was deemed the 2017 election budget, Dr Keith Mitchell in wrapping up the budget debate took an unfortunate swipe at Senator Nazim Burke. It was inconceivable that the holder of the office of prime minister would abuse the privilege of the house to attempt...

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