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Commentary: Tourism Matters: It's not just about the numbers

October 20, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: It's not just about the numbers A quoted eight percent increase in long stay visitors from the UK over the same period last year is very encouraging news. As often highlighted, it’s not just about the numbers, but the fact that the average British visitor stays longer and spends more, which is an equally important factor.

Commentary: The Caribbean needs national consciousness awakening

October 20, 2014
Commentary: The Caribbean needs national consciousness awakening I submit that national consciousness and awareness is the quintessential sector of the new economy. I will attempt to demonstrate how that consciousness, which I speak of, positively affects our nation’s economy. It is that consciousness that will encourage us to eat what we grow and grow what we eat.

Commentary: No heroes on October 19, 1983

October 18, 2014
Commentary: No heroes on October 19, 1983 Mr Arley Gill wrote an article (Grenada needs a National Heroes Day not American mimicry, October 15, 2014). However, although I do not support the American Thanksgiving Holiday in Grenada on October 25, I think Mr Gill is trying to promote something that was/is not good for the majority of Grenadians.

Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary

October 18, 2014
Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary In our attempt to limit the impact of the impending Ebola virus on our fragile Jamaican healthcare system and more importantly the people, we have finally come to decision to follow Colombia and St Lucia with a ban on foreign travellers who have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in the last 28 days.

Commentary: New York Times to Obama: End senseless embargo on Cuba

October 17, 2014
Commentary: New York Times to Obama: End senseless embargo on Cuba The Editorial Board of the New York Times made news on Saturday, when it published a special editorial calling on President Obama to “End the US Embargo on Cuba:” Scanning a map of the world must give President Obama a sinking feeling as he contemplates the dismal state of troubled bilateral...

Commentary: Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit?

October 17, 2014
Commentary: Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit? To anyone living in a developing country that is not an oil-producer, the present drop in the price of oil is very welcome. Ever since the world’s major oil-producing nations, through the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), dramatically increased prices in 1973, the economies...

Commentary: Family farming: Nourishing the world

October 17, 2014
Commentary: Family farming: Nourishing the world The fight against hunger forges ahead around the world, but with about 805 million people who still do not have enough to eat, a lot more still needs to be done. Sixty-three developing countries have already reached the Millennium Development Goal hunger target of halving the proportion of...

Commentary: The tragic fate of Jacqueline Creft

October 16, 2014
Commentary: The tragic fate of Jacqueline Creft Jacqueline Creft could not believe that her own comrades were going to execute her and other leaders of the revolution, including Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, Unison Whiteman, co-founder with Bishop of the New JEWEL Movement, the party that led the revolution, and Norris Bain, minister of housing...

Commentary: Land prices in The Bahamas: Thinking about the issues and possibilities (with audio)

October 16, 2014
Commentary: Land prices in The Bahamas: Thinking about the issues and possibilities (with audio) As Jimmy McMillan would say, as a slogan when running for governor of New York back in 2010 with the political party of the same name: "The rent is too damn high!" We feel you, Jimmy. We can also say here in The Bahamas that the price of property is too damn high. Just too damn high!

Commentary: Bermuda hit by Hurricane Fa(h)y

October 16, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda hit by Hurricane Fa(h)y In late December 2012, seemingly mild-mannered Senator Michael Fahy was appointed as minister of home affairs with responsibility for Immigration for Bermuda. In early October 2014, seemingly mild-mannered Tropical Storm Fay headed to Bermuda. No one could imagine the widespread damage...

Commentary: Our image, responsibility and missing chair

October 15, 2014
Commentary: Our image, responsibility and missing chair The Image: October 13 marked another Columbus Day in the US and some countries in the Caribbean. For many, especially in the Caribbean, Columbus remains an imaginary shadow such as the Santa Maria ship the Encyclopedia Britannica claimed ran aground and has been missing since...

Commentary: Grenada needs a National Heroes Day not American mimicry

October 15, 2014
Commentary: Grenada needs a National Heroes Day not American mimicry October 25 will be another holiday to commemorate “Thanksgiving Day” in Grenada. In an October 2 Caribupdate Weekly editorial, the editor put forward sound reasons why Grenadians should give thanks. The editor cited our gratitude for surviving natural disasters that have occurred in the month of September.

Commentary: My advice to the PM...

October 15, 2014
Commentary: My advice to the PM... I am not an advisor to the prime minister but, if I were, I would be guiding her towards the grand gesture this last year of her first term, so that her governance would not only be done, but it would be seen to be done, and it would be remembered for having been done.  Madame Prime Minister...

Commentary: Law and Politics: Where are we heading - and how soon?

October 14, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: Where are we heading - and how soon? We are moving speedily towards the two years dateline since the government in total control of the nation’s affairs gained power – and the question posed above is crying out for an answer. Despite the many promises, and projects, and development schemes that were put out to the electorate...

Commentary: Black History Month in Britain

October 14, 2014
Commentary: Black History Month in Britain October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom. There has been an African presence in Britain for centuries, although we are led to believe that Africans arrived in Britain as enslaved people during the dreadful Maafa when millions were kidnapped and dragged out of the African continent.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Who takes the ultimate responsibility?

October 13, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Who takes the ultimate responsibility? Sadly it would appear we are losing the summer weekly Thomas Cook (TC) Manchester flight from early May 2015. Perhaps there is sufficient surplus capacity on the Virgin Atlantic Monday flights, but TC provided a lower cost option for many and, while we are lacking in empirical evidence...

Commentary: Privatization of Bermudian jobs

October 13, 2014
Commentary: Privatization of Bermudian jobs Since May 2013, I have written numerous columns in the Bermuda Sun, warning that the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) will attempt to privatize and outsource many government departments and services here in Bermuda. This was confirmed by OBA Finance Minister Bob Richards on February 21.

Commentary: A long awaited international airport opens in Cape Haitian, Haiti

October 11, 2014
Commentary: A long awaited international airport opens in Cape Haitian, Haiti The first stone was laid in 1952 under President Paul Eugene Magloire. It took 62 years for the airport to finally allow the first commercial airline, American Airlines, to land in the northern part of Haiti on October 2, 2014, with 141 passengers on a Boeing 757, flight 1662. President Michel Martelly...

Commentary: Why Guatemalans continue to cross the Belize border at will and how we can stop them

October 11, 2014
Commentary: Why Guatemalans continue to cross the Belize border at will and how we can stop them Guatemalans have been coming across Belize’s border and Belizeans have been going across their borders for centuries as well. The difference is that Guatemalans and Belizean people’s attitude and feeling towards their bordering country and people are different. The country of Guatemala has been educating...

Commentary: Sins of the father, sins of the son: Inter-generational corruption in Suriname's first family

October 11, 2014
Commentary: Sins of the father, sins of the son: Inter-generational corruption in Suriname's first family Suriname has the unflattering distinction of being ruled by a corrupt first family. Illicit activities including violent repression, drug trafficking, and arms smuggling mar their reputation. The sins of the country’s current president, Desiré (Desi) Bouterse (1980–1986; 1990–1991; 2010–present), have been...

Commentary: 'Baby Doc' escapes the judge to meet his maker

October 10, 2014
Commentary: 'Baby Doc' escapes the judge to meet his maker The following excerpt -- from “Return of Baby Doc,” January 20, 2011 -- telegraphed (and effectively sums up) my thoughts on the timely death of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier: Theories abound about Baby Doc’s return -- ranging from it being pursuant to a political plot orchestrated by the US and France...

Commentary: Ebola: Why such indifference to West Africa?

October 10, 2014
Commentary: Ebola: Why such indifference to West Africa? Is the global response to Ebola in West Africa indifference? Whatever it is, the response of governments has been abysmal with the single exception of Cuba whose government has sent medical assistance disproportionately large to its size and resources. While the US and China – the two largest...

Commentary: ISIL and the Mexican border: A real or convenient threat?

October 10, 2014
Commentary: ISIL and the Mexican border: A real or convenient threat? Texas Governor Rick Perry called out National Guard troops to the US-Mexican border as part of “Operation Strong Safety.” The mobilization is aimed at addressing the recent influx of young unaccompanied Central American immigrants. Perry wanted the National Guard force to support...

Commentary: The danger of conforming to the status quo

October 9, 2014
Commentary: The danger of conforming to the status quo The term status quo is defined as “the existing state of affairs”, especially in regards to social and political issues, or the systemic prescribed way of acting or reacting to these issues. With a definition like that in mind, it is no wonder we frequently see a quick “settling of the dust” attitude.

Commentary: Ebola: The politicization of an epidemic

October 9, 2014
Commentary: Ebola: The politicization of an epidemic “Illness is a universal human experience almost certain as death, taxes and romantic disappointments.” Yet, the new level of fear and false bluster that is leavened into the Ebola epidemic in western discourse now surpasses the constrains of language and reasoning.

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: In jeopardy!

October 8, 2014
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: In jeopardy! Chairman of the Constitution Reform Advisory Committee, Dr Francis Alexis QC, gave notice that a national consultation will be held on 15th October 2014 on the way forward towards the referendum for constitutional reform in Grenada. This awkward decision may have been arrived at due to...

Commentary: Crime pays, but costs society a great deal! (With Audio)

October 8, 2014
Commentary: Crime pays, but costs society a great deal! (With Audio) A recent article by a contributor to Project Syndicate, an economic and political think tank and journal, Professor Bjørn Lomborg, from the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, brought to our attention a recent study on the economic and financial costs associated with violent crime.

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