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Letter: Jamaica government should use the right valuation method for North-South Link lands

May 11, 2017
Letter: Jamaica government should use the right valuation method for North-South Link lands If the right valuation methods were used in the Chinese land deal to value the government's contribution in building the North-South Link Highway, it would have significantly reduced the cost of the highway, which the Jamaican people have to pay for in taxes or tolls. It makes you wonder about ...

Letter: Public warning for all seafarers!

May 10, 2017
Letter: Public warning for all seafarers! Large quantities of the heavy bunker fuel from the ruptured Petrotrin Tank Farm have washed ashore and become lodged in the mangroves and on the beaches of Guiria, Venezuela. The majority of the Petrotrin oil from the ruptured Tank 70 is still at sea and will continue to move in a clockwise...

Letter: Grenada's police officers need ethics and discipline

May 10, 2017
Letter: Grenada's police officers need ethics and discipline In Grenada, the innocents are convicted far more frequently than those who operate the system dare to believe. One primary purpose of Grenada’s civil rights laws is to protect citizens from abuses by government, including police misconduct. Although police officers generally have some powers...

Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport

May 9, 2017
Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport There is no better evidence that Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the island of St. Vincent (SVI) will fail to meet its visitor expectations because there was no compelling reason, apart from electoral politics, for its construction than a side-by-side comparison of international tourism and allied...

Letter: Clean it up. Protect the people

May 9, 2017
Letter: Clean it up. Protect the people Government through a financial regulator should have a say on salaries and expenses of ANY institution that could qualify for a government bailout. Including banks, insurance companies, ANY organisation in the finance industry whose failure could throw responsibility to their clients onto the state in cases where...

Letter: What we should all know about Petrotrin's danger

May 8, 2017
Letter: What we should all know about Petrotrin's danger One reason the latest oil spill at Petrotrin’s refinery occurred was because the base of their Tank 70 (T70) ruptured. This tank and 11 others were deemed "unsafe” in an official report way back in 2003 during a tank assessment exercise conducted at Petrotrin’s Pointe-à-Pierre refinery by Two Shell Global...

Letter: Dominican inquiring minds want to know!

May 8, 2017
Letter: Dominican inquiring minds want to know! Recently, the disgraced former judge and former MP of the government of Trinidad and Tobago Hubert Volney inserted himself into the Dominica political landscape. Very few Dominicans had heard of or knew anything about Hubert Volney. He is of Dominica parentage, born in Montserrat...

Open Letter: St Vincent opposition leader writes to PM on the matter of accountability

May 8, 2017
I write concerning the important matter of public accountability, which was the subject of a media conference I held on Wednesday 19th April at Democrat House. At that event, I made clear the position of the Members of the Opposition and the New Democratic Party on the matter.

Letter: Dominica's bridge to nowhere

May 6, 2017
Letter: Dominica's bridge to nowhere Let us all celebrate the newly-opened “West Bridge” in Roseau. Unlike many other highly-touted government projects, this one has actually reached the rare state of completion! Let us instead return our attention to a more important bridge: Dominica’s very own “Bridge to Nowhere” -- the Citizenship...

Letter: A protonic and photonic economy

May 6, 2017
Letter: A protonic and photonic economy Jesus had it down pat. What a guy! He got the cosmos, God, his Father, to light a fire inside him, and he began to move the world. Of course the elites, the Jews, his ethnic strain, liked not this. They were into money, identity. The Talmud-thumpers and clerics. The Pharisees and Sadducees.

Letter: Fixing property tax

May 5, 2017
Letter: Fixing property tax Governments should have no choice but to do things right. Quick fixes should never be an option. In such light, rather than seeking to reduce the lunch hour in schools from one hour to half the time, efforts should be made to upgrade school cafeterias, improve the menu and encourage the students...

United Garifuna Association tribute to Rupert Anderson

May 5, 2017
United Garifuna Association tribute to Rupert Anderson On Saturday 28th April 2017, I received a text that Rupert Anderson, better known as “Canalayte”, died in Florida. This news spoiled my whole Saturday. I knew that he was ailing for years now but did not expect my friend and former teammate with our “Ubafu” 1982 championship team to die so quickly.

Letter: St Vincent Island doesn't need any more hotel rooms

May 4, 2017
Letter: St Vincent Island doesn't need any more hotel rooms In a press conference on February 20, 2017, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Honourable Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, again urged the private sector to invest in building more hotel capacity on the mainland (“I want to say to the hotels, please, get up and be activist”) now...

Letter: Devaluation's impact on the energy sector

May 4, 2017
Letter: Devaluation's impact on the energy sector UWI economist, Dr Roger Hosein, has again recommended that the TT$ be floated, say between TT$6-9 to the US$, implying that the shortage of foreign exchange today will engender a further depreciation of the TT$ as determined by the supply and demand for foreign exchange. This will increase the...

Letter: Who owns the IADC and the airport at Argyle?

May 3, 2017
Letter: Who owns the IADC and the airport at Argyle? When Dr Friday, the elected leader of the St Vincent and the Grenadines opposition informally asked Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves to give account to the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines of the accounts of the International Airport Development Company (IADC) spending of the more than...

Letter: Judge not! Fired by prisoners!

May 3, 2017
Letter: Judge not! Fired by prisoners! The recently appointed High Court judge has resigned as the fiasco involving her ill-advised appointment joins the headlines re: the new failing/sailing boat to Tobago, the property tax debacle in the making and Comedy Central's latest re-run from Colm the entertainer whose latest CD 'I an' all vex with this tax'...

Letter: The visible hand of Adam Smith at Argyle International Airport

May 2, 2017
Letter: The visible hand of Adam Smith at Argyle International Airport A recent media announcement by Caribbean Airlines (CAL) that it would be offering two regularly scheduled flights a week between the new Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the mainland of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York City, beginning...

Letter: Resignation is the only remedy; all must then do the right and honourable thing

May 2, 2017
Letter: Resignation is the only remedy; all must then do the right and honourable thing I have been saying our major problem is a crisis of leadership at every level of state authority, but I have been deliberate in my avoidance of the judiciary in the hopes that something could be left if not sacred, then at least alone, outside the bacchanal of who doing what, when, where, and why, so that something...

Letter: Once again, the integrity of the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary has been compromised

May 1, 2017
Letter: Once again, the integrity of the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary has been compromised The various service commissions were created by the constitution as autonomous institutions to insulate public servants from political interference as well as to insulate the office holders of these commissions from being “political” … a very balancing act since we live in a very small country.

Letter: Mutually assured destruction

May 1, 2017
Letter: Mutually assured destruction If it is true that nuclear weapons serve as a deterrent to war, few nations on the planet need a nuclear arsenal more than North Korea. This nation was pounded to smithereens by US bombs in the Korean War in the 1950s. In the first of the Soviet-US ‘Cold Wars’, the Korean War (1950-1953), 2.5 million persons died.

Letter: The cost of downgrades

April 29, 2017
Letter: The cost of downgrades The government of Trinidad and Tobago has been downgraded financially by two international rating organisations; one turning our bonds into junk and the other into barely investment grade. Why have these financial assaults been unleashed upon us? Anyone who is anyone knows the kind of economy...

Letter: The Sentinel: The continued 'uglification' of urban St George

April 29, 2017
Letter: The Sentinel: The continued 'uglification' of urban St George In days of yore, when Grenada had local government, which was administered by district boards in every town, St George’s as the capital had the distinction of having a mayor as its chief executive officer. That was before Grenada had its political independence in 1974, when we were still a colony.

Letter: Government success is national success

April 28, 2017
Letter: Government success is national success During the five years after election, the government voted into office by the people is given an opportunity to carry out the vision that they espoused during their election campaign. The success or failure of that political organization directly affects the nation. It seems logical therefore that...

Letter: Who did it! - The sudden murders of St Vincent bad men

April 28, 2017
Letter: Who did it! - The sudden murders of St Vincent bad men In 2015, an ex-police colleague that I worked with in the intelligence division at the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force brought something to my attention. He said: “it seems like someone have been killing the perceived bad men in St Vincent and the Grenadines.” At that time...

Letter: Petrotrin oil spill... an accident or a time bomb?

April 27, 2017
Letter: Petrotrin oil spill... an accident or a time bomb? Was this newest oil spill in the Gulf of Paria an accident or a probability? Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) investigations have uncovered that workers and management knew that Tank #70 (known as T70) had a small leak at the bottom of the tank… since 2003! FFOS have in hand...

Letter: Divisional offices must be government offices

April 27, 2017
Letter: Divisional offices must be government offices In his 2017-2018 Sectoral Debate presentation, Minister Desmond McKenzie made it clear he wanted to transform Jamaica’s local government and strengthen it as an institution. The minister announced his plans to make councilors more responsive to the needs of their constituents through funding...

Letter: Nothing more than a political distraction and ploy

April 26, 2017
Letter: Nothing more than a political distraction and ploy I find it particularly amusing that public utilities minister, attorney-at-law Fitzgerald Hinds, wants the Law Association to speak out in defence of Chief Justice Ivor Archie following a request by opposition senators Gerald Ramdeen and Wayne Sturge for information under the Freedom of Information Act...

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