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Letter: Making a mockery of the Trinidad and Tobago parliament

July 8, 2017
Letter: Making a mockery of the Trinidad and Tobago parliament It seems the speaker of the Lower House is working assiduously to make Trinidad and Tobago’s parliament an ineffective institution, an extended gallerying arm of Keith Rowley's executive branch. In the process, opposition MPs are stymied in their role of representing the concerns of their constituents.

Letter: Jamaicans overseas asked to walk on a plank of broken trust

July 8, 2017
Letter: Jamaicans overseas asked to walk on a plank of broken trust We have just witnessed at lightning speed laws that would impact Jamaican Diaspora dual citizenship status being tabled and under review in parliament arising out of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) report. Of all the other important recommendations, particularly strong anti-corruption laws...

Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US

July 7, 2017
Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US With reference to the letter published in your issue of July 1 from Dr Nestor Garcia Iturbe regarding a comparison between Cuba and the United States where insulin treatment for diabetes is concerned, he states that, whereas in Cuba it costs only cents per month because the government subsidises...

Letter: Decline in academic results is disheartening and disturbing

July 7, 2017
Letter: Decline in academic results is disheartening and disturbing The deterioration in this year’s secondary entrance assessment (SEA) results in Trinidad and Tobago is the direct result of the reversal of a number of policy initiatives of the People’s Partnership administration. The current minister of education and his junior minister have quashed a comprehensive...

Letter: Grenada Senate: Mockery or democracy?

July 6, 2017
Letter: Grenada Senate: Mockery or democracy? It has become of grave concern to the public at large, that Senate president, Chester Humphrey, is showing muscular bias to the opposition senators; by disallowing them the liberty to debate on diverse and pertinent issues of national importance in the Senate. The president, in recent time...

Letter: La Brea community sentenced to death

July 6, 2017
Letter: La Brea community sentenced to death For the past 42 months since the eleven 2013 Petrotrin oil spills, major and ongoing fish kills have been occurring daily on the beaches of La Brea. Since December 2013, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have recorded this event in the history of Trinidad and Tobago. FFOS have been...

Letter: 'Land Labs' - a rare and misunderstood resource

July 5, 2017
Letter: 'Land Labs' - a rare and misunderstood resource There continues to be a need to break the misunderstanding of the value that ‘land labs’ give voluntarily to Trinidad and Tobago. On Monday the Tableland Pineapple Farmers Association (TPFA) held its annual tour to the estates with an aim to publicize the plight of the family farmer and create a...

Letter: The Sentinel: Principle Ten, a Grenada imperative

July 5, 2017
Letter: The Sentinel: Principle Ten, a Grenada imperative A local television news item on the evening of June 22, 2017, captioned Principle Ten, caught the attention of the Sentinel, and on Sunday June 25, 2017 there was a more in-depth presentation on Chime FM’s Sundays with George Grant (SWGG), when the four presenters – who spoke on behalf of...

Letter: Solar for Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission?

July 4, 2017
Letter: Solar for Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission? I had an interesting response to my Caribbean News Now article, “Solar cells - not so green”, from a reader who calls himself a power engineer. He agrees with the conclusion of the article that Trinidad and Tobago should not be about the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells. However, he went further...

Letter: Gonsalves on Venezuela

July 4, 2017
Letter: Gonsalves on Venezuela Can anyone believe that Gonsalves said this? “We must resist the call to support intervention in Venezuela just because we are told that people are lining-up for food, or we may have to also justify and support similar action across the Caribbean, as people in all our territories also line-up for food at the...

Letter: Cuba's right to sovereignty

July 3, 2017
Letter: Cuba's right to sovereignty For over two decades, Antigua and Barbuda has enjoyed cordial relations with Cuba. Further, the United Progressive Party shares a special bond with the government and people of Cuba. For these reasons, we wish to place on record our solidarity with our Cuban brothers and sisters.

Letter: Recent corruption arrests in USVI likely only the tip of the iceberg

July 3, 2017
Letter: Recent corruption arrests in USVI likely only the tip of the iceberg The US Virgin Islands public has been informed that there were recent arrests of three individuals on corruption charges involving the alleged misuse of over $2 million in federal funds associated with the REAL ID program. The individuals arrested, of course, will have their day in court and are entitled to...

Letter: Senator Mitchell must distance himself from homophobic slurs

July 1, 2017
Letter: Senator Mitchell must distance himself from homophobic slurs The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association is appalled that Senator Fred Mitchell has failed to denounce and distance himself from the homophobic slurs that appeared on a Facebook page that he has publicly endorsed. The page, ‘Fred Mitchell minute-by-minute’, is clearly named after Senator...

Letter: Cuba-US: Interesting information on medical treatment

July 1, 2017
Letter: Cuba-US: Interesting information on medical treatment Recently I was reading an article, dated June 25th of this year, from the publication "Beat the Press Weekly Roundup", written by Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Political Research (CEPR), which is located in Washington, DC. The title of the article caught my attention.

Letter: Duty free electric vehicles can change how we think about what we drive

June 30, 2017
Letter: Duty free electric vehicles can change how we think about what we drive The 2017/2018 Budget Debate presented to the Bahamas Parliament on June 7 included a proposal by the minister of the environment to eliminate import duties on electric vehicles (EVs). The simple fact of the matter is that the world is moving towards cleaner, cheaper and simpler transportation.

Letter: Time for action

June 30, 2017
Letter: Time for action A child is murdered, a business executive is kidnapped for ransom, homes are flooded, a sector boasts of their dominance and our politicians disrespect our Parliament all in one short period of our history. We struggle with improving our infrastructure and wonder if things will ever change.

Letter: How St Vincent's tourist attractions stack up: Lessons for Argyle Airport

June 29, 2017
Letter: How St Vincent's tourist attractions stack up: Lessons for Argyle Airport In my last submission (see essay number 55 below), I argued that only a couple of the tourist attractions on St Vincent Island (SVI) come close to matching or exceeding those in nearby islands. But even these features pale to insignificance compared to the many outstanding eco- and mass-tourism...

Letter: Expectations in the Turks and Caicos Islands

June 29, 2017
Letter: Expectations in the Turks and Caicos Islands Shortly after the December 2016 general elections, I ran into a good friend of mine who happens to be a high ranking Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) official in the front of the CIBC First Caribbean Bank in Grace Bay. As we were catching up, my friend boasted to me about how their government...

Letter: Response to David Commissiong's letter

June 28, 2017
Letter: Response to David Commissiong's letter In your issue of 27th June I read David Commissiong’s response to Ms Taglialatela, the US Ambassador’s plea to Caribbean leaders to support the oppressed people of Venezuela. The tone of his letter is suggestive of paroxysms of rage. He writes, “You must not believe that our people are so ignorant...

Letter: Drowning in hate

June 28, 2017
Letter: Drowning in hate Last week I was accused by a Facebook subscriber as being racist and not liking my own simply because I insisted that people of African ancestry are not exempt from hard work, the pursuit of education or the responsibility of family life. One’s race ought not to be an excuse for the use of pejorative...

Letter: A response to the US ambassador's offensive article about Venezuela

June 27, 2017
Letter: A response to the US ambassador's offensive article about Venezuela After reading the article by Ms Linda Taglialatela (the United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean) that was published in several Barbadian and Eastern Caribbean newspapers on Tuesday 20th June 2017 under the headline "Support the Venezuelan People", it occurred to me that...

Letter: White collar crime killing Trinidad and Tobago

June 27, 2017
Letter:  White collar crime killing Trinidad and Tobago Real estate agents selling public office holders millions on top of millions of dollars of real estate without ethics, not caring to ask where did this money come from? Public and former public office holders buying upscale properties CASH. The lawyers who are handling the transactions are betraying their oaths.

Letter: A Bret-alyzer test failure

June 26, 2017
Letter: A Bret-alyzer test failure The Bret floods were not caused by garbage and old fridges in our drains and rivers. It was caused by the stupidity, ignorance, corruption and arrogance of successive government over the last 50 years. Here are seven such instances: 1. In the 1960s, the government hired Dutch engineers to...

Open letter to the government and people of Barbados

June 26, 2017
I write in my capacity as Chairman of the ‘Non State Actors Reparations Commission’ (NsARC) to request that this letter be made public. The objective for this request is to ask Government to have a debate on the floor of parliament on the matter of Sydney Burnet-Alleyne.

Letter: 'Let them eat cake'

June 23, 2017
Letter: 'Let them eat cake' Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI, is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. Marie-Antoinette understood little about the plight of the poor and could not have cared less. Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Sharlene...

Letter: Cuba-US: Obama, Trump, everyone is the same

June 23, 2017
Letter: Cuba-US: Obama, Trump, everyone is the same When many comrades refer to the infamous speech of Donald Trump on June 16, they apparently do not consider that Obama and all presidents that preceded them maintained the policy of trying to destroy the Cuban Revolution and that, within that policy, many times referred to different aspects...

Letter: A plea for the oppressed American people

June 22, 2017
Letter: A plea for the oppressed American people For full eleven score and ten years now, since 1787, a deep encrustation, has built up in the heart of Washington, USA; this encrustation, a coterie of senators, military industrialists, bankers, media and spies (CIA, NSA, FBI and 14 other agencies), is now taking the American people, and perhaps...

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