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Letter: Pay attention!

March 14, 2017
Letter: Pay attention! Fellow citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, democracy the world over has taken on a new face. Its metamorphosis has engulfed us here as well. Trinidad and Tobago has evolved into playing a more crucial role in the process but is allowing itself to be overpowered and subdued to accepting a less than...

Letter: The SVG airport is operational - what next?

March 13, 2017
Letter: The SVG airport is operational - what next? The magical thinking of build it and they will come to the Argyle International Airport (AIA) shows the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government’s total lack of a coherent policy. What is next for St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) after the state sponsored red excursion? They think by building...

Letter: The black atheist

March 13, 2017
Letter: The black atheist During the brutal and inhumane slave trade in the 18th century, black families were mercilessly torn apart. Men were tortured and killed, women raped, and children separated from the protective arms of their mothers. Our native beliefs and customs were removed from our daily rituals, and...

Poets Corner: Collaborate

March 13, 2017
Poets Corner: Collaborate Chinese came to this country Discrimination aside, do we know they would be bad for the country Or are we buy in to this false sense of nationality They are here for a better life Somebody ought to build a better government Why not them? Let’s find out what’s their plan then We isolate ourselves by...

Letter: When a liability becomes an asset

March 11, 2017
Letter: When a liability becomes an asset Our engineer finance minister, Colm Imbert, ignited a firestorm when he accused the last government of attempting to hide the losses of Petrotrin, which are really some TT$4.2 billion between 2011 and 2016, since to him it should have been explicitly shown in Petrotrin’s books. This brought...

Letter: Ralph Gonsalves does not think, thoughts pop into his head and that's it!

March 11, 2017
Letter: Ralph Gonsalves does not think, thoughts pop into his head and that's it! The airport at Argyle was opened and the government spent over half a million dollars to charter a plane in an effort to deceive the citizen of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and they did it with what was too be a big hullabaloo, which had a humongous anti-climax. But while the people of...

Letter: Why was this meeting kept secret from the Vincentian people?

March 10, 2017
Letter: Why was this meeting kept secret from the Vincentian people? When I read this article on the Cuban Granma website I was surprised that we were told nothing about it in the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) media, newspapers, online, or any government press releases. It is an important matter, be it positive or negative. So why was it not published?

Letter: The Belize 'super-bond'

March 10, 2017
Letter: The Belize 'super-bond' For those who remain attuned to the crisis situation in which our nation finds itself, the attempts by the prime minister to paint a rosy picture, at Wednesday’s press conference concerning the renegotiated “super-bond”, certainly was not convincing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that...

Letter: Missing baby

March 10, 2017
Letter: Missing baby I'm trying to get the word out about a baby taken to Puerto Rico by her mother to try to keep her away from her father. The mother Liznel Diaz, after finding out she lost custody, fled to her family in Puerto Rico. She kept the father away during the pregnancy, threatened abortions by actually...

Letter: Why does Trinidad and Tobago need a million-dollar lobbyist in Washington?

March 9, 2017
Letter: Why does Trinidad and Tobago need a million-dollar lobbyist in Washington? In 2005, what was the rationale of the Manning-led administration issuing a $7.5 million contract to Ainsley Gill and Associates to “lobby the Bush administration on Trinidad and Tobago’s behalf"? This company had no lobbying track record and the Trinidad Guardian of December 30, 2004, reported...

Letter: To the residents of the great historic district of Fox Hill

March 9, 2017
Letter: To the residents of the great historic district of Fox Hill Despite the difficulty of the day, despite how dark this hour of our history as people and as a nation might be, I am indeed privileged to serve you, the Fox Hill community, as a patriot and as a patron of progress. It doesn’t take much for any right thinking Bahamian to see that our country...

Letter: Our Argyle International Airport 'veritable miracle'

March 8, 2017
Letter: Our Argyle International Airport 'veritable miracle' On February 6, 2017, a week before the premature Valentine’s Day opening of Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the mainland of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), our Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, argued in his 2017 Budget address that: “…the Unity Labour Party...

Letter: Our progress is totally dependent on our willingness to embrace local government reform

March 8, 2017
Letter: Our progress is totally dependent on our willingness to embrace local government reform Some things are dependent on other or they just cannot happen. For example, unless a car engine is cranked by some force it will not start. That is the way it is with fixing Trinidad and Tobago. The problems we face socially, economically or physically cannot be solved by a group of people...

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...

Letter: A Putin-Trump pact

March 7, 2017
Letter: A Putin-Trump pact In his speech to the US Congress on February 28, Donald Trump, with a streak of unrepentant ire, pronounced: “I have directed the Department of Defence to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS -- a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men...

Letter: Homophobia in Jamaica: Time to end the cowardice

March 6, 2017
Letter: Homophobia in Jamaica: Time to end the cowardice Jamaica is so damned homophobic. A former public defender once told me that though he privately doesn’t support homophobia he couldn’t publicly agitate against it for fear that people would think that he was gay. I once heard a liberal, radio talk-show host declaring that he was straight...

Letter: Carnival: Another diamond in the rough, very rough

March 6, 2017
Letter: Carnival: Another diamond in the rough, very rough The competency gap between the private and public sectors is widening to a point where the ineptitude of the public sector is overwhelming. Carnival is one area where the inefficiencies were glaring. At the private sector carnival fetes for example, the stages for the artists are well lit with digital...

Letter: My response to Gabriel Christian; a self-confessed liar and hypocrite

March 3, 2017
Letter: My response to Gabriel Christian; a self-confessed liar and hypocrite Gabriel Christian has become the prime spokesperson for the regime change advocates in Dominica . The platform of Gabriel Christian, which is premised on lies, is: 1. That diplomatic passports are sold; 2. That there is no transparency in the citizenship program and the program should be stopped.

Letter: The DNA was right on the Bahamas deficit and election spending

March 3, 2017
Letter: The DNA was right on the Bahamas deficit and election spending The Democratic National Alliance was correct on our projections of this administration’s wasteful spending during this 2016/2017 budget year. From our extremely conservative estimates with regard to the wasteful spending this administration would undergo as a result of this election spending...

Joint Open Letter to Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness

March 3, 2017
Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) write to you on the first anniversary of your election to office as an opportunity to advance some of the most pressing human rights issues in Jamaica. When Amnesty International presented last November the report...

Letter: On Bahamas PM Christie's flipping the bird

March 2, 2017
Letter: On Bahamas PM Christie's flipping the bird This morning's Nassau Guardian features a stunning photograph of our nation's prime minister flipping the bird towards his critics. One wonders if the political belligerence of US President Donald Trump has rubbed off on our PM and caused him to forget good, public decorum in favor of...

Letter: Prime minister of St Lucia plagiarizes the independence speech of India president

March 2, 2017
Letter: Prime minister of St Lucia plagiarizes the independence speech of India president Prime minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet has come in for public ridicule for a speech posted on his Facebook page to mark the 38th Anniversary of Saint Lucia's Independence. The speech it was discovered was plagiarized from an address of former president of India Pranav Mukherjee.

Open letter to Bahamas MP Fred Mitchell

March 2, 2017
I am writing concerning a grave issue in the heart of the Fox Hill Constituency. The roundabout has fallen to such a deplorable state of neglect and decay. This by any standard is completely unacceptable. In all good faith, as you bring your tenure to a close as the representative...

Letter: Ensuring future prosperity for the US Virgin Islands

March 1, 2017
Letter: Ensuring future prosperity for the US Virgin Islands Without a doubt, former Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. experienced serious challenges during his administration and I profoundly respect the efforts he made to mitigate the impact the Great Recession and the loss of Hovensa had on the Virgin Islands economy.  Nevertheless, as we are now...

Letter: Kartel's case highlights the challenges faced by modern incarceration

March 1, 2017
Letter: Kartel's case highlights the challenges faced by modern incarceration Even though Vybz Kartel is supposed to be imprisoned in a maximum security establishment, his obvious continued ability to produce and release hit “songs”, his access to the means to do so and the threats made against a leading politician calling for his songs to be banned highlight some of...

Letter: Time for our people to return home for good

March 1, 2017
Letter: Time for our people to return home for good There are many families throughout Trinidad and Tobago who are sharing or shared a carnival experience similar to my own. One where family from abroad visit to play mas, visit Maracas and after nights of partying leave our shores for another year. These are Trini graduates who are engineers...

Letter: Amnesty International flags right to privacy concerns in latest Bahamas report

February 28, 2017
Letter: Amnesty International flags right to privacy concerns in latest Bahamas report In its newly released annual report on the state of human rights around the world, Amnesty International has highlighted, for the first time ever, concerns about infringements upon the right to privacy of citizens in The Bahamas. The report notes that local human rights groups have expressed...

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